Being Misunderstood

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I've kept a journal of sorts
An archive of emotions
And was prompted to retract time

Scanning... scanning through memories
When I come across one
That claws for my attention

Titled: Misunderstood

"I'm surrounded by a room full of people, yet I feel loneliness inside.
All are familiar, kind faces that I love. They don't get me though"

Yep... I remember
I recall this one in particular
So I read, I retreat

I read with compassion
For the woman who wrote it
For the time and place she was in

"I want to let someone in.
I want to be understood"

For the woman I still am

"They see the me that I want them to see. They see the smile I want them to see.
Nobody knows me with just one look. Not one can tell with just a glance. "

Yes... I determine
She most certainly "gets" me
My state of mind

Desperate
To
Connect

Thirsting
For them to
Realize

Somethings never change
And I've still not discovered
Someone... anyone
Who sees past my play

Dana



* Written for dVerse ~ You can read my post Misunderstood that inspired the poem- here.
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17 comments:

  1. this speaks to me of the deep desire that i think we all have...to be found..to be seen, to have people break through the facade even if we fear it in a way.. real and honest write dana

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  2. Ultimately we all want to be understood don't we? And yet often one of the reasons we turn to creativity is because we simply can't find our place and its seems the only way to find our voice. Great to go back to your journal.

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  3. Journals are so important to revisit and wonder at who you were when the pain was scribbled. Poem taps well with those memories

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  4. Wonderful idea here, and very well executed. Agree with Claudia's comment all the way...

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  5. I like the dialogue you set up with your old self. I have got to get out my own boxes of journals! I fear having changed so much that the old selves will seem like different people, and also fear noting a lack of change like yours (or this fictional one--if the narrator is not you). Moments like this:
    "I read with compassion
    For the woman who wrote it
    For the time and place she was in

    "I want to let someone in.
    I want to be understood"

    For the woman I still am"

    Are just gorgeous as you recognize your experience. And heartbreaking as you note the place where you/we wait for explorers to discover us instead of inviting them in:

    "Desperate
    To
    Connect

    Thirsting
    For them to
    Realize"

    It must have hurt too much to trust again after the first time?

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  6. Amazing. So raw and vulnerable. I just love this part: "They see the me that I want them to see. They see the smile I want them to see. Nobody knows me with just one look. Not one can tell with just a glance. "

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  7. Sounds like you could've been writing about me. I can so relate!

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  8. all too real...we have many an artificial relationship that surrounds us and we long for that one or two that really understands us...that we can trust to be real with...i feel you...my best friend here just moved away and its hard to find another...

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  9. I like the reflections on the past through journals, and seeing how we are now. I can also relate to your words as I think we are still discovering ourselves ~

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    1. That's actually the reason I began this blog... to rediscover myself. I use to know exactly who I was, faults and all.Now, not so much.

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  10. I think most of us have been in the place you describe - the pressures to act out a role - I feel for you - you have really nailed this complex feeling in your poem

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  11. thank you for the voice from within
    you are not alone in the feeling

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  12. Oh my goodness... I appreciate all of your comments and understanding more than you will ever know. I say that a lot, but it's true! Your words warm my heart with love and relief at having others who know how I feel.

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  13. I love the honesty and authenticity of this.

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  14. This speaks to me - when I feel lonely, particularly in large crowds, I dub it "my existential loneliness," and to be a writer, an artist, or just one who cares mightily about the welfare of the human race, I suspect we must feel this. Loved th epost

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  15. Gosh I can def. see myself in your words. I think this is magic because you've created such a strong empathy with practically anone who read it. Beautifully done Dana!

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  16. Dana I love this poem. I relate so much with this part, "They see the me that I want them to see. They see the smile I want them to see. Nobody knows me with just one look. Not one can tell with just a glance."

    - Terri

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