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After a way too long absence, I am happy to be joining d’Verse Poets for their Tuesday challenge where the topic is frustration and heartbreak.  I’m also sharing with Real Toads for the Tuesday Platform.

So tired of being the one
to take the blame
and bear the shame
of everyone else’s pain.

Shoulders sag and back bent
with woes of feeling guilty
for everything I may
or may not have caused.

It’s not my fault
the world is not fair;
I tried to help you feel better.
I tried to ease your way.

I tried to fix your pain,
but failed to do the job;
that’s the guilt that
hurts my heart the most.

6 thoughts on “Frustration

  1. I echo Beverly’s comment! And isn’t that the truth – the quote, about women often shouldering the burden of guilt and responsibility for what was never rightfully to be carried in the first place. But perhaps that’s part of the life lessons we all must learn – that we can’t “fix” people – being supportive and encouraging is helpful – but truly, it is up to each individual to “do the work” themselves, even when it seems impossible or far too heavy. And perhaps it’s the reconciliation within our own hearts that makes it all the more difficult to step back, and say no, or to redraw and define our personal boundaries and knowing our own limitations.

    well drawn poem

  2. Happy to see you here, Tetesa. This is nicely written but not what we like to hear. We often aren’t the world’s perfect mate for those peeking in. They should look for the good and stop messing our lives up. But most times we are almost perect in the eyes of the mate. When that stops the trouble and guilt begins. Time for mutual inspection then.

  3. Someone once said “Guilt comes with ovaries”. I think women are too quick to wear the cloak of guilt. We must learn we cannot “fix” anyone. Ultimately their own life choices dictate their pain or lack thereof.

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