collateral damage

collateral damage

A Chapter by Lyn Anderson
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the repercussions of adult discord

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Anger rises like an ugly monster,
crawling up my throat,
shooting vile word tentacles
at the ones I love.

Misdirected, the shrapnel
shreds tender hearts --
their tears are fallout;
collateral damage of our selfish war.

If only I can find
the right tools
to remove the rest of
you from inside me,

      I can bandage the wounds,
           and move on.




© 2016 Lyn Anderson


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Well written meaningful piece. Carefully thought out

Posted 6 Years Ago


One of the best worded writes i have seen in a long time

Posted 6 Years Ago


Unfortunately, all to often we tend to take our anger out on the ones we love.. It does end up a sort of collateral damage that makes the pain even worse. This is a raw, powerful, heart felt piece that I can relate to. nicely done.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Thank you. Yes, it is hard. Somedays more than others.
AprilRN1210

6 Years Ago

You're quite welcome.. This is a deeply moving piece that showcases how resilient you are and how mu.. read more
reminds me of Langston Hughes' poem "Cross"---

the idea of trying to move from the anger to forgiveness...and just moving on...

nicely done

jacob

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much.
I remember this stage well, those we fought for to survive the nastiness of a marriage, are the first to be maimed, I often wondered if I made it worse hanging in there so long.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

You hang in hoping and yes, in the end, I think, but then again, you do your best.
I felt the pain in this piece. You penned this painful write in a superb way. Each verse getting softer and softer - as I read it. Almost as if the realization of dawning came. Just how I read it though. :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Thanks for your kind observations.
You do suffering so very well. I don't visit as much (superrrr busy) but I'm always happy to read your works my friend. A certain wound I'd rather not bandage

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Kind of you to stop by. And glad you liked this piece.
The hurt felt here is relatable, the monster created within us when we are fed pain is brutal at times.

"If only I can find
the right tools
to remove the rest of
you from inside me,"

Loved that stanza... absolutely kick a*s poem KL!

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Thanks so much. I do appreciate your visits.
I really feel this piece.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Thanks Brittany. Nice to see you again. But now I am exhausted and off to bed ...:)
Misdirected, the shrapnel
shreds tender hearts --
their tears are fallout;
collateral damage of our selfish war.

Just reading that part alone makes me think of how children end up getting hurt the most when the parents use them as the weapons in a divorce.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Years Ago

Yes. One of the reasons I hesitated so long is that the only thing worse for kids than a bad marriag.. read more
The Rock And Roll Cowboy(REBEL WITH A CAUSE)

6 Years Ago

Smart woman… not worth losing the rest of your life over.

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Lyn Anderson
Lyn Anderson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada



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