I live deep in her shadow
walking just one step behind,
Kept safe by her unknowing
while living on her stolen time.
So, I wait alone in the darkness
waiting for you to steal time,
Time for love before you’re missed
time to commit our old crime.
But you are so the master thief
spinning tales of an honest life,
Raising yet again my dying belief
of me as your good and loving wife.
But your tale’s have grown thin
thin as my old maid’s grey hair,
Leaving me with but stale sins
and her with such unknown cares.
Yet, I have played the worse part
believing your played out lies,
Giving them a warm truthful heart
as summer beneath her blue sky.
So, now after all these stolen years
we must part only as friends,
Strange, how your love now sears
and I the one betrayed in the end.
But, only now at you’re going
do my weeping red eyes see,
That the hours you were stealing
they were stolen all from me.
© Tony Hicks
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
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Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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