Sitting in the Shadows

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Photograph (c) Stephen Murphy 2011

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It felt like a lifetime, sitting in the shadows, waiting, to be
accepted.

A place acceptance, should have been,
unconditional.

He didn’t fight, to be believed, heard or,
loved.

Love was there, not in abundance, but
hidden.

Self acceptance, it came and gave him,
courage.

It felt like a lifetime, before he loved,
himself.

And once he loved, himself, then, he could love,
others.

Once self-acceptance came, he no longer,
sat in the shadows.

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Sitting in the Shadows – audio clip

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4 thoughts on “Sitting in the Shadows

  1. I really love this poem, Steve, and I thoroughly enjoy the audio 🙂 I’ve read this over and over and I’ve listened to your audio clip, over and over. Something very specific holds true for me… Love.

    Love is the key to most everything.
    Loving ourselves is the key to most successful relationships.
    Accepting and loving ourselves is the key to accepting and loving others.
    Love brings us from dark into light. Not just any love, but real, true love.

    Your poem reminds me of the best description of love I’ve yet to find, and is how I strive to love.
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment(s) Reese !! Loving oneself first as you say is the key to acceptance and loving of others – inner peace allows the world, and those in, to be viewed in a different way – I have a copy (I have a few actually) and will go checkout 1 Corinthians now – thank you for the prompt 🙂

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