Saturday, April 28, 2012

Torn Up And Shaken

Today's post is dedicated to my dear friend Elsie who is going through a difficult time.

As I cruise through the blogosphere I see pain, so much pain, being experienced by people who I do not know and can never know. But I can empathize and post something to show that I have noticed your pain and am thinking of you.

So just for a moment, lay your pain at the feet of these flowers and let it rest there while you gather your courage to face another day.





She Wept

And so she cries
a veil of tears
making watercolors
of the past 
and dreams
of yesterdays that
somehow
slipped away.

She's torn up
and shaken
with changing
her mind.

And so softly
she slumbers
and through closed
eyes sees
morning
wasted on the dawn.

                                                                                          O'Leary, Anne 04-27-12




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    1. She will Marco, she's a strong woman and thank you.

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    2. Thank you, Marco. Anne's words of encouragement on my blog and now here mean so very much to me. She's one remarkable lady!

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  2. Comforting words Anne.

    It was said by someone far wiser than me that "not all tears are evil".

    They can provide the release of tension that a person needs to pick themselves up and say "I'll get through this". And with the help of their friends they will

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    1. They do help and at times are very necessary. It's easier for women to do thins and so much more difficult for men who tend to hold it inside, causing themselves even more pain. You're unusually insightful for a man.

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  3. I do think that the blogosphere is a place where people are able to vent out their feelings, under anonymity if one chooses to do so, and other people help them. I don't see why people criticize it.

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    1. Read the words on the page luv. I am paying tribute to and offering comfort for those in pain.

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    2. And a beautiful tribute it is, Anne!

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    3. I was saying why people choose to say bad of the blogosphere lol. I really need to learn how to get my views across lol.

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  4. That was really sweet, and I loved the poem. The flowers are pretty too. I'm going through some crap but I know that others have it much tougher than me.

    That's not really much of a comfort though, and doesn't really help me get over the problems.

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    1. I know Mark. Suffering is not a contest where the person with the most wins. Pain is the great leveller, just do the best you can.

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  5. Fantastic photos and a wonderful message Anne.

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  6. I feel so sorry for Elsie, here's hoping, wishing and praying she gets through all of these struggles. I loved the photos Anne and the lyrics are great too.

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    1. Thank you Matthew, she'll appreciate the prayer very much.

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    2. Thank you so very much Matthew. Anne is right, I greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

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  7. you are good people anne...nothing like flowers to brighten the day....she sees morning wasted on the dawn is a great line as well in your verse...may the sun find your friend a bit today...

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    1. Thank you Brian and you're a pretty good guy yourself, you're always looking beyond yourself and helping people know one else even sees are there.

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    2. Thank you Brian. Anne knew that I love to see pictures of her garden and they cheered me right up and her poem was just beautiful!! Again, thank you for your kind words.

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  8. you're such an Irish angel, Annzie, for thinking of our dear Elsie! It's funny how so many of us in the blogosphere are going through major changes or tough times this year, especially in our little circle. Hope we shall all find what we deserve and in the meantime we are always here for eachother to give support, energy and encouragement. And then one day we shall all pop at that cat's house unannounced and have a blogging convention there ;)

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    1. Thank you darling. I think we'll all come out of things better than we went in and our circle certainly is going through a lot of changes. We're a tough bunch and we can take it. We should have a blogging convention, but not at that cats house. He'd give us fleas or some other dreadful feline infection.

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    2. yes, he would, but we would wear protective suits and space suits, dahling with oxygen masks. It could be a lovely opportunity for us to trash his place a bit, if that's even possible :) We'd probably untrash it given it's current state :)

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    3. We would need hazmat suits for sure. Did you see how many felines he cohabitates with? It's shameful the orgies they must be having. Just thinking about it makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a grapefruit spoon.

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    4. Well I suppose having all those cats around isn't such a bad thing after all. Making you gouge your eyes out with a grapefruit spoon would be something special to watch indeed. The cat would even take pictures and make sure the best one showed up on Dez's blog roll for him to stare at all day!

      And my place is clean as can be, after all Pat does have ocd. But your hazmat suits would be welcome, as then you would not spread any germs around. That would be perfect actually..haha

      You know I always thought about that though. It would be interesting if the core group of bloggers could get together at some convention or place or something just to meet and greet. Probably be a scary sight though.

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    5. The gamers get to do it. They go to conventions and meet each other and have a great time. But they stay pretty munch in their own countries. We're multinational and would have to go to Switzerland as it's neutral.

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    6. yep, the world would probably collapse the day we all get together at some destination. Maybe the cat should start playing online poker again and buy us all a vacation at Hawaii, Annzie... he might even bribe the Alliance that way :)

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    7. Well if I won $27,000 grand at it again it would get us altogether I suppose. Be hard with different countries though. But if it kills any more of my nerves the alliance will have to pay any bills I run up.

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    8. Oh and Hawaii sounds like a plan. Although the cat couldn't come because he is illegal there, no joke. Or Bora Bora like the blue guy wanted.

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    9. and no Bermuda either, I'm banned at the triangle....

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    10. I'm in on the Hawaii trip guys. It's the first place I thought of. Oooh we could get into so much trouble in a warm place like that. And the food would be wonderful as they have vegetables and fruit aplenty for Dezzie. Cat this trip is on you and the Alliance would forgive for your crimes against humanity. Full pardon.

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    11. @Dez, no triangles for you dear. Nasty things aren't they? I won't have anything to do with them either.

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    12. Hawaii it is, now the cat just has to get back into the gambling biz. Or if he becomes a millionaire off his books he'll take all to Hawaii..lol..fat chance, better stick to gambling...hahaha

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    13. Hawaii - Oh my! You make me jealous all the time. Enjoy!

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    14. it's not that I won't have anything to do with the triangles, it's that they won't have anything to do with me :)

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  9. That was so sweet what you did there Anne. The poem is lovely, not everyone is good in lending shoulder that could provide comfort. The pictures and words, deep and totally thoughtful. I wish Elsie relief and comfortness soon. Your blog and comments definitely makes everyone happy and no wonder why everyone loves you, you are just perfect.
    Again there maybe exceptions in Canada ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and I'm so glad to have met you as well. We've been having some fun together lately haven't we.

      Most Canadians are so nice, I don't know what went wrong with that cat. Maybe his mother dropped him on his head one too many times when he was a baby.

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    2. The cat is just the exception to the rule. He likes being one of a kind.

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    3. You are one kind of arsemonkey cat. A truly unique too.

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    4. Yep, you are sending positive happy vibes everywhere which many need today. "Fortwitter" blog fortheraphy , healing through blog.
      I agree with cat dropped as a baby hypothesis, some are born and some acquire the talent after a hit on their head. :)
      Pat- One of kind has synonyms like unique and odd. One is famous and another one is notorious :)
      I got to give it you dude, your tireless fight back. I wish you good luck :)

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    5. @MaMTC I think he got dropped more than once as his brain is damaged. He can fight back all he wants against the Alliance. We are much too clever for his tiny little mind to handle. He's DOOOMED.

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    6. Pffft my mind is anything but tiny as it is in my behind. You know that is oh so large as it can fit so much up there already. So you are the one that is doomed from the luggage I carry in my rump.

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  10. Thank you, Anne. I just shared this Devin and now we are both crying. But, in a good, healing way. I also shared my writing from today with him...I'll be back later when I'm a bit more composed. I am truly blessed to call you my friend.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it dear. Take your time as I'm going to be dropping off here in a little while to jam with the Hubby.

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    2. I'm back! And done crying and having a much better day =)

      Your flowers were a big help and they are lovely, just as your friendship is to me. I am truly blessed to have you in my life. You are an angel and there is a special place for you up in Heaven.

      I hope you and the hubby had a fabulous day jamming!!!!!

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    3. We just got done and we had a good bash today. And did a little recording on some new songs. We're going to order a pizza and just kick back for the night. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better.

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  11. You know it is something I say time and time again but I never expected such relationships to arise when blogging. I like people better in the blogging world than I do in real life most itmes. Made some wonderful connections and they just keep growing stronger and more fun. We all go through some shit and no one tries to belittle it or anything like that, all are just there for one another giving a few kinds words and that is all it takes. Or sometimes just a smart ass comment, which is needed too. As we all tend to take things at face value because with the anonymity it provides there is no need to hide I guess. Not that I really care about that, as I say what I have to say anyway, but some do. Getting it off their chest easier and they can take comfort in knowing there are bloggers out there like you that do such posts and leave such comments that will lift them up a bit and help them push on. Truly is a community I never expected to find, but glad I did.

    Shut up Pat, stop being nice. Time for the cat to take over. Get off the damn computer.

    Well aren't you being so nice today, giving the cat a yummy display. For those flowers look tasty and the gardens they grow in are good for leaving, you know...haha

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    1. @Pat I never expected to find it either. When I first started I just stayed to myself and was afraid to really follow anyone. And in some ways it is easier for me to be "me" here. At a party, I'm a wallflower and I'm really shy with people for a long time. But on here, I can just let my freak flag fly and not worry too much about it.

      @Cat, if you dare leave any of your scat in my flower beds, I'll pull your claws out one at a time and then pour grain alcohol and salt over the wounds.

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    2. awww, me is now giving the cat a virtual hug (and a French kiss ... sticks his tongue out LOL)

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    3. Pat,

      You are so right!! When I first started blogging, I was under this illusion that no one would ever see it. (and still am I think to a certain extent). I was happy with my two followers and for months the three of us were just chit chatting along and then another one came along and another and before I knew it, I stumbled upon a blog that lead me here....(Working Dan, maybe?) and then I found you and Dez and Jax and it just grew to my tiny little group and I love it. You guys have seen me so happy and now are seeing me through my rough time. With just a few words or a smart ass comment, my spirits are lifted!

      Dearest Cat,

      You mess with Anne's garden you'll be messing with me!

      Elsie =P

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    4. Yeah it is so easy to be "me" while pretending to be a cat..lol...here as well. I think it translates to the real world a bit more too, as once you break the ice on the blogs, many aren't as afriad or shy or whatever to say what they want to say in real life. I just figured I'd get comments like "nice" and "great" and all that crap, basically R type comments when started. Nothing like we get now. Such fun though

      But the cat just wants to help your garden grow all in a nice pretty row.

      Blah! The cat will not take that, that is animal abuse. The cat will call the SPCA police on you...haha

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    5. @Elsie yeah that is how it seems to work. I hopped on and found Brian and then found another after that and after that and before you know it you find some real nice people out and about blog land, not just ones trying to make a quick buck or something like that. I found Dez from some bloghop thing, then found Anne, found you from Workingdan, just sorta came across Jax and Petsy has been there almost as long as Brian from the start. Just amazing how many stay over the course of a blogs lifetime too, wouldn't trade it for almost anything, I can be bought..lol

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    6. I wasn't kidding when some time ago I said we're making the world a better place. I've met some wonderful people that I know I'll probably never meet offline, but that doesn't make our conversations, our joking around and our sometimes soothing words any less real.

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    7. @Cat
      you mean the SPCA police would like a tongue from me too? :) Oooh, I always wanted to marry a cop :)

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    8. You guys are fabulous. I've been jamming with the Hubby and just got back.

      I found the cat through Matthew ans somehow Dez found me (I owe you for that one cat, I think). I found Workingdan through ABFTS and Elsie found me through him. I never expected to find such a tight group of people either. I have so much fun playing with all of you.

      @Dez, If I was a fairygodmother, I'd get you a cop dear.

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    9. Hmm I found Dez first you say, hmmm I suppose I did. God knows where I strayed upon your blog from then. Maybe you found me first and that is how, who knows. But yeah what a tight knit group it has become and I like it too.

      I'll let Anne get you the cop.

      And yep Blue Guy it is true, many wonderful people on here, if only the world would listen to what we have to say.

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    10. yep, I believe I found the cat, not the opposite. I came upon his silly rhymes and concluded he's a crazy person... and as a psychologist I deal with the crazy people....

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    11. Well I have never disputed that I am a crazy person.

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    12. that's why I might be able to cure your condition, cat, but it will involve daily enema for a whole month and drinking fish oil for three months..

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  12. Beautiful words Anne, you do have the knack for it.

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    1. Thank you Kris I've inherited the love of it and the gift for it from my family.

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  13. This is a grand gesture, Anne! Elsie is certainly worthy of such! We are all blessed to have found each other here in the blogosphere. Some of the coolest friends I have are the ones I have never met. We all find compassion and support in the least likely of places. I know that I never expected to find it here and I'm quite sure Elsie didn't either.

    It breaks my heart what she is going through. But it warms my heart to see all the loving support she is getting from all of us. I have been praying for her and will continue to do so. I hope the colorful flowers brightens up her day!

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    1. We all could learn from Anne. I really love how she expressed her love and compassion in sweet words with a poem without hurting anyone else or at expense of someone else and without changing the facts.
      No wonder why she is a wonder woman.
      Anne, I am your cheerleader now, give me pom poms, I would be happy for cheer for you.

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    2. Dan,

      Isn't it amazing? Who ever would have thought that we'd make such a connection and be able to support one another having never met, or even spoken? Let alone in a place such as Blogger? I'm truly blessed to have a great group of followers like you guys; you guys rock and Anne, well, as you read in my dedication post the other day - I think she's awesome!!

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    3. @Dan, I remember when you were going through difficulties with the missus and so many of us showed up and tried to help and we were all so very glad when you two got back together again. I'm such a mother-hen I can't help but worry about everyone.

      @MaMTC our group has expanded by one member and that's you. You fit right in with this crazy cast and crew. Now who's side are you on, the Alliance or the Cat. You can be neutral if you'd like. Just pick on the cat every now and again. He needs it.

      @Elsie I get as much from our talks as you do. Those late night emails when you or I check and suddenly there's the other one saying just the right thing. I never thought any women would follow me. It took so long for you to arrive and now having you I can't remember what it was like without you.

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    4. @Anne
      Thanks so much Anne for the honor. Obviously me being 80% feminist, you are the obvious choice. But poor cat sometimes I feel for him and want to level playing field, yet again I couldnt resist and pick on him and it is so much fun :)

      I wish I could be like you Anne. Truly I want to. But one of my shortcomings is I am emotionally handicapped. I love everyone and I like everyone nearly dearly but I dont get close to anyone and I detach myself as some sort of defense mechanism. And if someone close to me hurts me, it takes forever to come out of it.
      After kids I think I am changing. I love your easy going attitude and yet your emotional availablity. You are the perfect person to be with in time of crisis. Your family is really lucky. I am very happy to know you. Gotto thank Angrylurker and ABFTS and Dan. I was hunting for lovable Irish Air for a while. :)

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    5. @elsie- It is just amazing. I never expected to make any connections here. That wasn't even my plan. I started blogging just trying to make some money some how...with no success! But I made some great friends instead!

      @anne- that was a difficult time but it is also when I discovered that I was meant to be here on blogger and find so many wonderful friends!

      @mamtc- you have stumbled into a great group of people! Let your guard down and just enjoy the company! I may have bashed you on my blog a time or two, probably still more to come, but it's all for the sake of comedy.

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    6. @Workingdan
      If want to show your gratitude to your groupies, it is your choice,but it is not fair to do that at someone else's expense by changing the facts and stating it as facts. You call it comedy but I dont know who is laughing definitely not me.
      The other day one of the new bloggers referred me as uptight argumentative shrew , should I be laughing and thanking you for the very flattering picture you painted?

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  14. Anne, the wonderful Anne, the world be a sadder place without you cailin!

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    1. Why thank you Fran, I do try you know and every now and again I get it right!

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    1. Thank you Ray and I'm glad I met you on here along with all the others (even though I bust your chops every now and then for the sake of comedy).

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  16. Very nicely written Anne. You are a very compassionate person. I hope everything works out...

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    1. Thank you Adam, you know things generally have a way of working out. Sometimes it takes a long time, but Elsie is pretty resilient and she'll be okay.

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  17. Beautiful pictures & words to create a little oasis of calm for people in need. Well done..

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    1. Thank you Dave. There's so much negativity in the world these days and sometimes it's nice to hold the front against it.

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  18. Really sweet of you to care for someone so deeply, even without even knowing them in real life. Goes to show that there's more to people than just the physical sides of them. Good luck to your friend in her troubles, and keep on being awesome.

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  19. I love your pictures and your poem, but I really love the support you're showing Elsie. You're a great blogger friend :)

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  20. Ah Anne, a wonderful piece. I guess not very unisex, but in this case it still suits me. Lovely.

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  21. Fantastic post! Amazing poem! Great pictures of beautiful flowers! It always confirms my faith in humanity when I see someone go out of there way to be kind to another person who is having a difficult time! You are a very special person Anne! Beautiful on the inside and outside!
    I'm not only very glad of blogging but of the internet as a whole! Twenty years ago this kind of thing was not posible, but lets hope people make good friends with other people all over the world becomes a trend that never ends!

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  22. I like the poem and the pictures of the flowers. I hope this all helps Elsie to feel better.
    It's good to have a friend like you Anne!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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