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April 2007: Travel



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  • Pieces of Who I Used to Be
    by Shannon Wolff

    Searching though the old papers in my desk drawer,
    Whose contents now lay scattered on the floor.
    I find many things I had once tucked away,
    Many things I thought I'd lost along the way.

    An old drawing, now crinkled and faded,
    Makes clear to me, my drawing skills were overrated.
    A forgotten story, showing promise and wit,
    It's a shame I never finished it.
    An old poem, speaks of joy and hope,
    But uninspired, leaving the reader to mope.

    Time gone by and things I'd forgotten,
    Gee, that last rhyme really was rotten.
    Yet, little by little and bit by bit I see,
    Pieces of who I use to be.

    A hopeful child, waking to greet a new day,
    Ready for anything, come what may.
    A steadfast watcher with head, and hopes, held high,
    So sure she'd be the one to touch the sky.
    A cheerful lover, forever listening for words unspoken,
    Never suspecting hers would be the heart broken.

    Pieces from when I was sure I'd be a star,
    So certain I would go far.
    Unknowing how I would be tested,
    Later pieces show who I was bested.

    A tiered dreamer, hiding from those who would mock,
    To whom praise came as a mighty shock.
    A forlorn traveler, seeking journey's end,
    All the while waiting for her heart to mend.
    A disenchanted soul who the ride has made queasy,
    Who now knows life isn't always easy.

    Faded hopes and tattered dreams,
    Reminds me not all is as it seems.
    Even though it is bitter fruit I have tasted,
    It is not truly time wasted.

    My drawings now show motion and grace,
    Bring a tear to eye, or smile to face.
    Poems are now filled with color to be heard,
    Slipped from a paintbrush called the written word.
    Stories now tell of joy and sorrow,
    The pain of yesterday and hope for tomorrow.

    Both light and shadow are now reflected,
    Where before one was always neglected.
    Paintings need both colors dark and light,
    For I have learned, dawn is brighter for the night.

    The child I was is now made clear,
    Memory of, I can now hold dear.
    The lost soul need not travel alone,
    Realizing it has found a home.
    Broken hearts, with angel's wings, do mend,
    And there is yet time before the end.

    Who I am stands on who I was before,
    The person who's story I'd hidden in my desk drawer.
    Little pieces left to remind me,
    Pieces of who I use to be.


    Shannon Wolff was born in Alaska and grew up in a little town called North Pole. This fact has lead every one of her relatives not familiar with Alaska, and complete strangers, to ask if she knows Santa Claus. She now resides in Cartersville, Georgia and is having mixed results with informing her new neighbors about her previous residence.

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