But Not Today Poem by Susan Williams

But Not Today

Rating: 5.0


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I have no heart today.
I think I have lost it somewhere along the way
From yesterday to today.
No
I am wrong
It's not gone
It's still here
I know this because it aches
If my chest were truly empty
It would not ache.
I should get up now
Get up and rejoin the war
On this battlefield
On this battleground.
Yes
I should and I will
I will get up again
But not today
Not today.
Tomorrow maybe.
Maybe tomorrow I will get up off the ground
As far as my knees.
I should
I should get on my knees
But not today
Tomorrow maybe
Today I am too heart-sick and weary
Too heart-sick and weary to move
Tomorrow maybe.
Maybe tomorrow I will lift my eyes to the hills
From whence my help will come.
Yes
I will lift up my eyes again
Lift them up to the hills again.
But not today.
Not today.
Tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will
Because I must
Rejoin the war
On this battlefield
On this battleground.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~©2016 susan williams

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: depression,life and death,melancholy,trials
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Theodora Onken 18 September 2016

Oh, Susan...i felt it all; Have so much empathy for you as i am sure many here do. We have all been here to this battlefield. You and i are here now...many days are like this - hours mingled in hope - soon despair...an utter roller coaster of wars- almost sometimes feels like a never ending battle. Somehow, we find our strength...strength that comes from HE who made us. Our blessed Father who has promised not to ever give us any more than we can handle. Thank you dear Susan for this deeply heart touching - and to the marrow deep write. i truly, truly understand and identify - for me as well, each day - is a new challenge to get through.

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Susan Williams 20 September 2016

God is our strength and the prayers that have been surrounding this particular battlefield for a year and a half now give us comfort. Never doubt the power of prayer, my friend, nor the comfort of friendship. I have wanted so much to reply to your comment but my site was down for 5 or 6 days- -today is the first day I have been able to reply, comment, and go to other writers' pages and that is where I am off to now- -to see what good things you have written lately while I was bound and gagged in outer Mongolia! !

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Mj Lemon 13 September 2016

Susan. This is a very profound piece of writing. What you expose is the deep truth, reality, that at times we simply have to will ourselves to get along with life....Tomorrow I will Because I must. A superb poem, and a perfect 10.

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Susan Williams 20 September 2016

Mj, your comment encouraged me tremendously as a poet. Thank you! I had hopes this piece would speak to its readers- -I believe we all go through some very grim times in our lives and it helps to know that others have been there and survived that. Thank you also for the 10

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Sandra Feldman 14 September 2016

In this far reaching poem, deep fatiguing pain is the protagonist, conveying long reaching arms that embrace the reader fully. The cry is deep not narrow, The cry of utmost sorrow, Sometimes must leave its home, Even if for sometime, Without courage, it must roam. The Need for rest, for peace from pain today, flies off the written word like bitter rain, reaching the reader full force without restrain. Not easy to do but when feelings are molded into words with an usual poetic sensitivity, , the feeling barrier is broken and they just flow so naturally from poet to reader. The courage and strength of the poet, shall return but not today, it will tomorrow. This, to me, is reminiscent of Scarlet O'Hara as she says 'After all, 'Tomorrow is another day'. Tomorrow, , maybe a world contained in a single word, that gives the breadth and hope to continue fighting and living. Quite an Extraordinary Poem!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 22 September 2022

A wonderful poem....timeless. It gives me enormous pleasure to read this fabulous poem time and again!

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 22 September 2022

Heart warming and heartfelt poem dear friend. Top Marks + To my favourite

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 22 September 2022

Dear Susan, So happy to see this beautiful poem as the POD. Heartiest Congratulations!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 20 September 2022

This is unique poem dear poetess Susan. Belated congratulations! Stay blessed dear poetess.

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