Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

Being ~different~ - Poem by Mary Nagy

The past, it may be over
but is it really changed?
I wish I could forget it
but my life's still rearranged.

I'm always told I'm 'different'.
There are things I just won't do.
These things that make me strange to them
I owe them all to you.

Because of how you were then
I swore I'd never be.
Somehow I lost myself in this
although I'm finally free.

I won't even look at alcohol.
Oh gosh, no how!
My kids will never see me drunk.
Not later and not now!

You'll never hear a curse word
be uttered from my lips.
Although I may be thinking them
while my hands are on my hips!

I seem like such a nut case
to all who don't know why.
I don't waste time explaining...
I couldn't even try.

Comments about Being ~different~ by Mary Nagy

  • Brian Dorn (11/11/2006 12:32:00 PM)

    Obviously, being 'different' isn't necessarily a bad thing. Nice point to the ending... well done, Mary!
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  • (2/7/2006 9:24:00 AM)

    So many times in your poems, your soul is laid bare. This poem and several others tell it all - the unhappiness, and the determination not to be the same way,
    and the struggle to get to that point. From the school of been there. done that you write, right on target. Linda
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  • (2/6/2006 1:31:00 PM)

    Wonderful... does the past really change or does it become full circle?
    Great, love it

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  • (2/1/2006 6:13:00 PM)

    I love you for the way you are.Sharing so much of yourself. Where else could we find this
    Your A Star...Love Duncan
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  • (12/4/2005 6:28:00 PM)

    Mary, I can see some of myself in this poem. You make the reader think about the past...does it really change or do we just forget? You know? Good job. Meredith (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2005 9:06:00 PM)

    i understand your strength in this...succinct and wishes linda (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2005 9:59:00 AM)

    i really enjoyed this poem. it is very well written. (Report) Reply

  • (11/20/2005 7:28:00 PM)

    This was nice, it's thought provoking and it flowed. Good job Mary (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2005 9:44:00 AM)

    I always enjoy poems about selfreflection :) Your poem has wonderful rhyme and meter. I think many can identify with your poem, since at time feelings come over us which makes us feel set-apart from, or just 'different'. It's nice to know that we are not so different, and your poem certainly made a connection with me :) (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2005 10:13:00 AM)

    Way to go Mary! ! i loved it and it is so expressive. keep the good work.

    Peace and love on earth
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  • (11/18/2005 10:08:00 AM)

    Way to go Mary! ! i loved it and it is so expressive. keep the good work.

    Peace and love on earth
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  • (11/18/2005 9:04:00 AM)

    This is cool, Mary - vive la difference! (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2005 7:39:00 PM)

    For a lady who doesn't swear or drink, I like you a whole lot, anyway! Just being Mary is cool! (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (11/9/2005 3:54:00 PM)

    Your the loveliest 'nut case' around Mary, and if your a nut case then so am I. Snap! ! ! ! ! Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2005 3:25:00 PM)

    BE DIFFERENT! ! ! ! It is good to be that way. If we all were the same don't you think this would be a boring world? Be yourself that's all that matters! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Alice Vedral Rivera (11/9/2005 2:17:00 PM)

    Being your kind of 'different' is good.

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  • Cj Heck (11/9/2005 1:51:00 PM)

    Amen! You don't have to explain yourself to ANYone, Mary. We're all products of our environment and everything that happens to us changes us forever. In your case, my friend, you changed in only the best of ways. My hat's off to you and I bow to your courage! Well done.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 13, 2006

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