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Author Name: FreeBarbara D. 11 Comments
Date Added: January 27, 2010 16:01:46 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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All of Me
Can you love the child within me
Though damaged from the pain
Can you comfort me in sure arms
To build me up again
Can you dry teardrops as they fall
Although there will be more
In quiet understanding ways
Not knowing what they're for
Can you love the girl within me
With giggles, fun, and jest
The one who stays more constantly
More playful than the rest
Can you love my wanton silliness
So full of impulse wild
I'm happiest when she appears
An escape from the child
Can you love me as a young adult
Who grew from error and trial
The product of an equal mix
Of the girl and the child
Can you step back to a different time
When life was still carefree
Of days bursting with promises
Free of responsibility
Can you love the woman I am now
A sum of all the rest
To cherish me exclusively
With truth and tenderness
Can you love me even though
I sometimes pull away
I will be yours whole heartily
When sunshine conquers gray
Can you love me despite changes
Of time and place and age
And moments when my former trials
Holds my weary soul hostage
Can you realize my strong needs
Devotion, passion, plus
Can you build a strong foundation
That is firmly set with trust
Can you love me in the golden years
When beauty will take flight
When time demands my youthful glow
When old age is my plight
Can you love me to the final end
Of all our days on earth
Can you look at all of me
And see a love of worth
Can you
Author's Notes:

~I think everyone has baggage and questions.~

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Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on January 29, 2010 03:10:11 PM Report
You really captured the whole package here Barbs. We are all these things combined and it is a very pertinent question to ask of anyone who desires to be in our lives.
It flowed beautifully to the final.
Ali x
Comment By: PremiumDan J. Mazurek on January 28, 2010 05:18:14 PM Report
great write first time reading any of your work excellent if i were Simon on idol i would say You got my vote. thanks
Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on January 28, 2010 02:13:11 AM Report
This is an incredible poem.  Great questions, that we all should ask before we waste too much time with someone.   They are questions we could ask ourselves too.  Is this a person, that I could share  all of the good times, bad times, good health, bad health, or will I grow bored of their ways after a couple of decades?  Best to take time to figure out answers to these questions before making a big leap.
Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on January 27, 2010 11:43:04 PM Report
Barbara....loved how you laid out the hidden parts of your soul in every stage of life. 
As always your words and truths weave poetry fantastic!

Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on January 27, 2010 09:42:41 PM Report
well Ms. Barbara, you can be our spokesperson on this subject...loved every line as it imparts a wonderful message that women world-wide can embrace....incredible!
Comment By: FreeMoonStar on January 27, 2010 09:18:39 PM Report
OMG!! Yes!!! Yes!!! Ahhh. Damn I got so darn into this that tears were falling and I was jumping out of my chair.. This was fab and you said what so many of us think always.. This floored me me gal, it really did. Your are simpluy amazing!!!


Snif... Slinkin away now to blow me nose..

Moonie xxx

Comment By: FreePeter Sammylin on January 27, 2010 07:49:18 PM Report
Hey Barbara,

An amazing work sharing with us the amazing poetess who composed it all!  We are indeed by the combination of things....

Comment By: FreeMISS_VEE on January 27, 2010 06:48:59 PM Report
Hey girlfriend this poem is reallly wonderful, it reaches right within me and catches me, i can relate to this, as, i reckon, can many others here. Fantastic write darlin' love Vee xx
Comment By: FreeSteve on January 27, 2010 04:59:56 PM Report

With no hesitation I extend my arms to hug the child…with wanting I reach out my hand to stroke the soft hair of a young woman…with a deep understanding I put my arms around the woman you are today and pull you close.    

Comment By: FreeAndrew on January 27, 2010 04:45:19 PM Report
marvelous - no other word fits - i love the progression of time and the maturing of the woman, bags and all.  simply magnificent bit of story-telling.  applause, applause...
Comment By: FreeJennifer on January 27, 2010 04:35:19 PM Report
I love this Barbara! Wish I wrote it actually! there is so much going on here yet it is the sweetest sentimentaland real to life poetry I have ever read! I am adding this to my favorites so I can read again and again!


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