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Completing Herself


She had always said,

“He does not complete me.”

With disdain, she said,

“He is not my better half

And I am not his.”

We are whole people.

But when, after two decades,

He up and left,

A gaping wound,

Invisible to the naked eye,

Left her vulnerable.

It would have been better

If the wound was visible,

Bandaged with a white flag.

She thought it was healing well,

But the wound festered.

She tried to fill the emptiness with

Anything that remotely resembled love,

And the wound became infected.

Finally, finally, she stopped trying to fill the wound

With a person who would never be enough.

She looked for herself in the woods.

She looked for herself in the water.

She looked in friendship,

Human and nonhuman furry friends.

She looked to God who opened her arms and held her close.

Finally, finally, she felt completed by all these things:

The constants that had always been there for her.

And the wound healed.

She looked for herself in the woods…

I’ve shared this photo of me before, but it fits so well today, I had to share it again. It was taken by my daughter about 15 years ago.


Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was:

“comp.” Find a word that starts with or contains “comp” and use it in your post. Enjoy!

For more streams and SoCS rules, visit our host, Linda Hill, by clicking HERE.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “Completing Herself

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and a part of your world!.. sometimes us mortals listen to our mind instead of our heart… “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t, they never were.” (Richard Bach) but the heart does go on with the mind a bit wiser… 🙂

    Until we meet again…

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Yes, the heart does go on with the mind a bit wiser. I have much to be thankful for, including your good wishes and beautiful blessings. I hope things are well with you, Larry, with peace, plenty, and enduring joy to you.

  2. That’s a beautiful, thoughtful poem, JoAnna. It is interesting how we attempt to heal our “wounds” when the things that bring us peace are right in front of us.

  3. Beautiful, and the photo is compelling. Healing takes on many forms – I am so glad you found yours.

  4. That’s beautiful, JoAnna, and you’re right about the photo fitting so well. Good job!

  5. Powerful content is beautifully written. Impacted my day.

  6. Heartfelt ❤ Loss requires time to heal.

  7. Healing is hard. The picture is awesome.

  8. I like this thought and learning process. glad you shared. xoxo

  9. JoAnna, this is a lovely, heartfelt poem. Nice photo of you by your daughter. Have a great week! ❤

  10. Thank you for sharing great poem dear, enjoy it.

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