Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

You bring me flowers
after the rain
Thoughtful gestures
Romantic, sincere
I settle into a cocoon
of forgetfulness
Languishing
in your attention
Misread, phony
Serving a purpose,
but not mine
I cannot be bought
I am here
I am real
I was born at night,
but not last night
Seeing it for what it is
About you and what
money can buy
I am collateral damage
to be written off
Easy come, easy go
without the bat
of your eyelid
I will swallow my pride
one more time
Disappointment
a bitter pill to swallow
but each time
I become more immune
 

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  34 comments for “Collateral Damage

  1. October 2, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Strong and courageous !

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

      • October 2, 2020 at 10:49 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

      • October 2, 2020 at 10:50 pm

        You’re welcome!

  2. October 2, 2020 at 1:43 am

    I was born at night but not last night! Great message here Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much dear Sadje ☺️💕

      • October 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  3. October 2, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Can the damage be undone…
    https://youtu.be/wi6Chc0emPI

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks, as always Ivor, ☺️ I always appreciate your music too.

  4. October 2, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Sometimes we have to grow though such painful experiences – it’s easy to cocoon ourselves in forgetfulness but eventually we have to get tough and face the truth.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Ingrid. I think this has happened to many of us at some point in our lives. It is recognizing it and doing something about it that is important. ☺️💕

  5. October 2, 2020 at 6:27 am

    “I cannot be bought I am here I am real”…such a strong message, Christine! ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you dear Punam. I always appreciate your kind words ☺️💕

      • October 3, 2020 at 12:09 pm

        My pleasure, always. 🥰

  6. October 2, 2020 at 7:44 am

    No doubt many will go through the same feelings some time in their relationship. Some will overcome their problems, others will realise they have made a mistake.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      Yes and unfortunately some will choose to ignore those feelings 😢 Thanks for reading ☺️

  7. October 2, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Tough times, but I like her strength. “I was born at night…but not last night.”
    -Well Done- Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you my friend. Yes, she didn’t just fall off the turnip truck! ☺️

  8. October 2, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Wow! I like the play on words and layers of meaning in this, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you so much Lynn. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  9. October 2, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    The maturity that’s hardwon in and through pain is so beautifully expressed.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you Dora. I appreciate it very much ☺️

  10. October 2, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    “I was born at night,
    but not last night”
    That line is great!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 2, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you Jenna! I’m happy you liked that line ☺️

  11. sanaarizvi
    October 2, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    So much to love here, maturity, self awareness as well as what goes on in the world with the power to battle through 🙂 just beautiful!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 3, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much Sanaa. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  12. October 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Yes, tolerance is not always a healthy thing at all. I enjoyed the insight that is woven through the pain. She is stronger than she knows.

  13. October 3, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Hopefully she moves forward with greater strength and clarity.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 4, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Yes, I’m sure. Thanks Grace☺️

  14. October 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

    No to be bought… alas there are many who think that people will bend to the will of gold.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 4, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      It’s so true Bjorn. I tend to go the other way, unimpressed 😕

  15. October 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Wow! So powerful, insightful and raw!! Awesome!
    xoxo
    😘💕😁🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2020 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks dear Chuck ☺️ As always, I appreciate your kind words and support 🥰

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