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Inside the Mind of a Bastard Child

Author's note: I want to write this to free others to tell their stories and to encourage them that they are not...  Show full author's note »
Author's note: I want to write this to free others to tell their stories and to encourage them that they are not on this earth alone and destitute. No matter what hand you are dealt in this life you can make it if you really want. Even when you feel you have failed or feel like you are stuck in one place, useless, alone, untalented, unqualified for success, undeserving of love or any other label you can slap on yourself you are nothing short of perfectly designed. Each and every person has a story to share and if we all shared ours we would break down the walls that isolate us in our pain and see that maybe this world was created to be more then a holding cell imprisoning us into a life of meaninglessness.  « Hide author's note
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A Simple Metaphor

I've traveled a broken road
I was born along its winding paths and seemed drawn to its darkened ways
I could hide among its banks and shed my tears behind its trees
Like the wind I was swift to destroy but gentle in nature and soft in approach
Lonely was my silent world but solitude kept my secrets safe
Inside the forest lurked monsters tall and strong
Feeble arms of youth did fail me
Legs quick, with toughened feet could still not help in making an
This poem outlines my life.
escape for me

As my heart dismayed and my hope deferred I became even less than a name
I learned the ways to live like the shadows of my nightmares did
I took pleasure from the sweet words of tender birds
Found mild peace in the sun's beams
Could whisper loud enough to led a few strangers under my covering of leaves
But never did I trust enough to be lead away by the fleeting feet of my company
I was rooted to the earth with great loyalty

It wasn't until a rescuer came searching for me did I hear or see that there were other possibilities
He brought a light with Him and led the way
I experienced joy within His embrace
The cold barely nipped my nose
I walked, I ran, I crawled, but most of all He carried me..... away
I never saw the forest sing as I did underneath His wings
I now walk a lit but narrow path
Every step is safe and clear as along as I cease to stray
Those who made my knees weak call out from somewhere but I dare not find out from where
Painful things have since ambushed me on my way but I let my Savior save every day

I live without shame
My bruises and scares He has overcome
I feel abandoned no more
For my Lord has given me:
women on watchtowers for when I teeter or stumble
Men on horses with arrows to enter the battle before me
A family that extends past the norm
And a home where His name reigns above all

What more could I ask for?
How much more could I want?
I have a unconditional love all my own
Songs to sing and a friend for every time of need
Eternity is before me and glory resided in me
What is left of life now is to see who will come and join me
And to free those who see only the looming of darkness that is behind me
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Tina said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm
***** five stars is what I pressed and only four came up!! What an amazing piece of honesty Marie...i think it's the hardest thing we humans can do, be honest with ourselves and with others...you are an extremely talented and brave young woman and I am so proud to know you. 
SamBach said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Wow, you really are an amazing writer. Rachael has told me you were very good, but I never imagined. You should keep writing. Thanks for sharing so much.
srg11 said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 10:14 am
you are a beautiful person and a superb writer!!
MaryAnne said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 9:58 am
A true tale of survival.  Thank you for your brutal and painful honesty.  God bless you.  
MRKE said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:41 am
What an inspirational story.  Such amazing words from such a strong, young woman.
Lizzie said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Incredible! What a great lesson in the strength of the human spirit. Bravo! I tried to rate it 5 stars, but had a technical glitch only three showed up. *****
momo said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm
So brave, so sad! What a stong girl. I want to read the rest! Great style.
tinkerestes said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm
Brillant and honest!  Unnerving and yet, needing to be heard.  Thank you Marie for an amazing story told from your heart. 
brookish said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm
As a writer myself, I think it is precisely these stories that most need to be heard and available to kids out there who need to know they are not alone and it can get better. This is an important book from an important new voice.
kjamie said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm
Your strength and honesty are humbling.  You are an inspiration to us all.  Continue your passion of writing!
finkster said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm
So incredibly moving and heartfelt. Your words will move and help and serve many. Keep up your fabulous energy, wonderful way with words, reach for your dreams .....you are going places!!!
fyakym said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 10:28 am
Where can I get this and read it by a hard copy?! I am so proud (I am Rachael's friend from Indiana). I have only read a short bit so far, but cannot wait to read more! Thank you for the encouragement! I am speechless!
timshutes said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 8:56 am
Way to go Marie - we're so proud of you!  what incredibly honest and bold writing.
Miss B said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Hey, Marie.  Your writing is honest, piercing, unforgettable - just like you are. I am proud to be your friend, and will forever be.  Much love to you and Rachael.
jane said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm
this is such a brave and brutal account of your past. the writing style is unique, captivating, and extremely well done. this is a brilliant accomplishment and something to be very proud of! 
SarahJ said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Your writing is very moving, Marie. I love how you share your story through poetry. Keep writing!
Opus said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Terriffic and powerful Marie! I was so moved by your expressions and the flow of your pen!

I always knew you were a gifted writer and one day your story would be shared..how brave!

You are an amazing being and I am incredibly proud of you!  I love you dearly, am inspired by you, and am incredibly grateful grateful for knowing you.. you are on to greatness!

Coalin said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Such a powerful real life story. I really enjoyed this piece! 
BritinSB said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm
What an amazing, courageous person and beautiful person Marie is for sharing her life story with us. This book will be an inspiration to the young and the old and everyone inbetween.
heartoffact said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm
SO good. It's an understated punch to the face. I'm saaaaad that it is not finished.  Super great writing Marie!!!

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