(How perfect you are, o purveyor of artist's soundless voice
to express my utter bewilderment at humans' flailing choice-

No, you are not a divinely appointed player

to use and discard "toys" as you see fit

the creative souls in cyber land

to pluck as you cry, "I quit"

while winking at another

fingers crossed behind your back

be creative with your score card -

notches? or marks scrawled in black?

O precious souls so broken,

your self worth is left in tatters

I know you crave deep healing

but this is not what matters -

to be "chosen" by a phantom

when your worth is beyond their sight

you matter just in being,

their attention - darkest night.

Take the hands of those who care now

the lifelines that they offer

protecting pride is useless

when it's safety that they proffer.

Humans, look what we do

when we confuse the tools we need

to really see each other...


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25 thoughts on “

  1. Singledust says:

    the vulnerable are the easiest prey, heart wrenching poem V, but absolutely stunning to read. p/S: sent you an email few days back, wondering if it got lost in cyberspace? hope you are doing ok my dear

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  2. Silent Hour says:

    Humans, look what we do
    when we confuse the tools we need
    to really see each other…: Loved this!

    And Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve has been a favorite since the first time I listened to it. In fact, I’ll listen to it now, while I’m drinking coffee.

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  3. Steve Simpson says:

    A thoughtful piece, a lot of truth, and I can hear your experience in it, Vanessa. I’d single out the phantom’s choice verse as one of the standouts. A counsellor friend once told me we all want to be loved for who we truly are. It didn’t help me in the slightest, and I’ve forgotten where I was going that, possibly to get a coffee in lieu of ice cream. 😜

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    1. saynotoclowns says:

      Thanks Steve!
      The truth is, my husband being a pastor, we deal with brokenness all the time. Not just church members. I’ve learnt so much about manipulation unfortunately. It’s heart breaking. I can’t imagine the stress parents must feel quite frankly, with their kids online.

      ha, well enjoy the coffee! My love for it is truly authentic. I understand how those cravings can interrupt trains/chains of thought! lol.

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