Down But Not Out – Poem of the Month – July 2021

Down But Not Out

Demeaned, dismissed, destroyed
These are things that you have done to me
I fall down under the pressure of your assault
and I feel you stomping
on my goodness, my kindness
Hurting, bruising, humiliating
I am defeated at these times
You kill me with your anger
and crush me with your words
I represent someone
you need to punish and assail
In your mind you have been triumphant
and I have been destroyed
but my spirit can never be broken
It will always be mine
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting tonight at D'Verse Poets.  She has
prompted us with lines from Ernest Hemingway to inspire our poem.

I chose:

‘But man is not made for defeat,’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated.’
From The Old Man and the Sea

Image by KLEITON Santos from Pixabay 

  28 comments for “Down But Not Out – Poem of the Month – July 2021

  1. Sara
    June 28, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Incredible! 💕

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Sara ☺️

  2. June 24, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Christine, I love the power expressed in this poem! Finding our personal power is the most fulfilling thing we can do! <3

    • Christine Bolton
      June 24, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Thank you so much Colleen. I know many can relate to such a situation so I appreciate you seeing it for what it is. Yes, too many lose sight of their worth in relationships. ☺️💕🌺

  3. June 24, 2021 at 8:13 am

    More power to you. We only surrender what we want to. It’s really up to us. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 24, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Yes! That is so true. We must value ourselves more and not let anyone strip us of it. Thank you! ☺️💕🌺

  4. June 24, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Stay strong! The message is very uplifting.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 24, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Grace ☺️💕🌺

  5. June 23, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    To be destroyed by someone can always happen but defeat is a decision.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      You are so right Bjorn.

  6. June 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    No one deserves what you have described in this poem ….. broken you? Never.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Aww thanks Helen ☺️💕 That’s right, no one!

  7. sanaarizvi
    June 23, 2021 at 10:31 am

    This is incredibly hard-hitting and evocative, Christine! 💝 No matter how much someone tries to demoralize us, they ll never break our spirit.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Yes they’ll try, but they cannot ☺️ Thanks Sanaa

  8. June 23, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I wonder how broken must be the spirit of anyone who would want to treat another human being in this way.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      Ah yes Ingrid, there lies the problem. It is very sad 😢

  9. June 23, 2021 at 1:49 am

    So well executed Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Thank you Sadje. I always appreciate it ☺️💕

      • June 23, 2021 at 8:21 am

        You’re welcome my friend

  10. June 23, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Christine, so much pain in the lines but the last two show that she won’t take it any more.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Punam. Yes, we must always remember that no matter how badly someone hurts you they can never take your spirit 😢❤️

      • June 25, 2021 at 2:47 am

        I agree. You are welcome.

  11. June 23, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Good for her! I hope she reaches that point where enough is enough and makes her exit from that punishing place. Lots of feeling in this one, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Lisa. I think she found her voice and realized her strength ☺️💕.

      • June 23, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

  12. June 23, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Wow … Amazing poem Christine ✨

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Thank you Dakshali ☺️💕

      • June 23, 2021 at 8:35 am

        You’re welcome 💜

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