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I've lived my life,
By throwing up walls,
That anyone could see...
I've hidden all the passion,
Hidden all the blame,
Hidden everything that makes up me...
It used to seem...
That I was always hiding...

Hiding from the world,
Hiding from the shame,
Hiding from tomorrow,
And hiding from today...

But if you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain,
If you strip away all that I've lost,
And leave me all I've gained,
I am all that remains

I am all that remains...

I've taken all I could,
Even when I knew it would,
Only hurt you and me...
All the love that I've felt,
Had been so disguised,
I felt forced to deny...
And it seems...
That I was always denying...

Denying the world,
Denying my shame,
Denying tomorrow,
And denying today...

(And life...can't be lived this way...)

If you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain,
If you strip away all that I've lost,
And leave me all I've gained,
I am all that remains

I am all that remains...

All that remains is me!
(Is me!)
And everything that I see...!
It's all, so much more clear!
(It's clear...!)
All that remains is me!
(Is me...!)
And that's really all...
I've ever wanted to be...

(All I ever wanted to be...)

Is me!

So if you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain!
And strip away,
All that I've lost!
And leave me all I've gained!
I am...!
I am all that remains!

All that remains...

I am all that remains

jlp August 19, 2009
An intensely honest piece, a reflection of a period in my life.

I chose right, to be myself.

It is the right choice for anyone, after all, we can only be who we are. :heart:

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:iconroxarah:
Roxarah Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's me!
I felt it. >_>
Beautiful poem!
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Thank you. :)
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Emotastic-chik5 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:clap:
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Emotastic-chik5 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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AngeliqueRaindrops Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Holy.....:wow:
This is very close to what my life has been like....



I do love it, however. :D
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CaronCecilia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
love it...you are very talented!!!
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thank you. :heart:
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freewolf17 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
simply beautiful
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:iconthesekrimzonflames:
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thank you. :heart:
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freewolf17 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:nod: course!
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erineyrose Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
i really like this and everyone has a shell around them just other have more and dont let anyone change
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:clap:

You've accomplished a lot by being yourself. No other way to do it, really. :XD:
Great words, great piece. ;)
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:manhug:
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Roxarah Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're poems will remain!^^
At least I hope so. :D
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Makola94 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Terrific piece. I think this speaks to all of us uniquely. Well done :thumbsup:
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SelenaMoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
The metaphor works really well here, both about stripping down your walls and letting us see who you really are through this piece.

(by the way, I think you are absolutely wonderful~ :heart:)
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Wanbli-Wiyaka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Student Photographer
Very beautiful.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
:) Thank you very much. :hug: :heart:
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Wanbli-Wiyaka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Student Photographer
It was my pleasure.
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midnight-writer1031 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
amazing its something I can defintely relate to.
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midnight-writer1031 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
:) :hug:
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blakheartdeviant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Their is no escape_except for death_<> even then u must face judgement, its sad if anything_Love was lost for everything including myself n life= there is nowhere to escape to<> I flow into the future with no desired destination, so when I get there i'll be three inches from where I am- im very random sorry_ I felt this way to_ but I always say more than I have to X)
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blakheartdeviant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
X)
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fantasypanther Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
The only unnatural thing in this world, is not to do what comes naturally.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
truth
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fantasypanther Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:nod:
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sarza-gurl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Student Writer
This is absolutely amazing. Great job!!
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thank you very much!
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EternalFreedom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
i really love this :heart:
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thank you so much :) :heart:
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EternalFreedom Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
you're so very welcome :aww:
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Dendatzi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Being yourself is all you can be. This is beatifuly and expressivly written.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thank you very much!
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Dendatzi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Student General Artist
:( Sorry I've been taking so long to read and comment on everything, these past few days have been busy, but I should get to them over the next few days.
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Dendatzi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Student General Artist
:hug:
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Aedammair-Feline Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I like it :)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thank you. :)
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SephirothsFlamedWing Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's weird how we tend to put up walls to protect ourselves, but those same walls are what keep us imprisioned.
:heart:
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