My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

August 3, 2010

“The Angel”

(You know who you are)

I was in a hole when you found me.
Do you remember?
Or did you even notice
how deep the hole was?
That hole that I dug all by myself,
one shovel full at a time…
of pride and insecurities,
shame and fears,
mistakes and tears.
I dug it myself,
been digging for years.
How you found me, I’ll never know,
but you did, down in that hole.
You peered down from the circle of sky
your face was silhouetted in the sunlight
like a halo…an angel up above me
to my tearing eye
as I reached to shade my face
your hand reached into that deep dark place
that awful hole
and when you touched my startled hand
I felt your soft fingers grasping to get a hold
desperately straining to pull me from the cold
damp, dirty, desolate hole
You did it, somehow you did it,
you rescued me.
You hero, you beauty, you angel.
You pulled me from my lonely space
brushed the mud from my stained face,
and as I looked into your loving eyes,
dirty and tattered as I was…
I saw Love.
You said, “I’ve loved you forever.”
I said, “I’ll love you forever”
My muddy fingers closed around your angel hand
you didn’t seem to mind the stains of the hole.
You know….the one you saved me from,
that damp, desolate, hole
in my soul
You turned and led me into the sunset
as I let the shovel fall.

©tlh  8/3/2010

(Photo courtesy of artist)

Thanks Red


19 responses

  1. “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.”

    I am glad your angel found you Tracy.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    • Me too 🙂

      Thanks, Cindy.

      August 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  2. If I may say, I think this is one of your finer works Cowboy…every single time you write, it touches me. I loved the last line and am happy you found your angel..or she found you!! I think we all should start calling you Mr. Romance? ~ Red x

    August 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    • Oh my…not all of you, I’d be in trouble for sure 😉

      Thank You, Red

      August 3, 2010 at 12:17 am

      • 🙂 🙂 🙂

        August 3, 2010 at 12:38 am

  3. This was profound and elegant and touching. Beautiful and all the best to you.

    August 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

    • Thank you, Jhannet 🙂 I’m always pleased when you really like my work, for I respect and like yours.

      Tracy H

      August 5, 2010 at 12:40 am

  4. This was simply beautiful! Very gracefully and delicately done!
    People who accept us for who we are, I believe, are the ones that really love us – Our Angels!
    A very insightful piece, Tracy….

    August 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

    • Kavita,

      You know how I feel about your comments, so I’ll just smile real big 🙂 and say Thank God for our Angels:)

      Tracy H

      August 5, 2010 at 12:44 am

  5. Janessa

    Excellent imagery…..I loved the line about your muddy fingers….wonderful! I could see you there….down in that hole….eyes squinting from the years without light. Worn and weathered and hope long forgotten. Glad you were rescued my dear. 🙂

    August 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

  6. It’s amazing how someone walks into our life and save us from the ditch we dug ourselves… I can totally relate to this poem of yours. Beautifully expressed..!! 🙂

    August 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    • Isn’t it though…and when we let them, they can be our Angel 🙂
      Thanks for your visits and lovely comments, Ilakya, it means a lot.

      Tracy H

      August 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

  7. How wonderful that your angel cared enough to look into that hole and see you, really see you. Your words made the hole seem so graphically real, and that made her rescue all the more poignant. Lovely, Tracy.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:24 am

    • Thank you, Patti, so much for visiting and for your thoughtful comments. 🙂

      Tracy H

      August 5, 2010 at 1:29 am

  8. moondustwriter

    That angel came just in time didn’t she???
    Glad you can share the rescue in your expressive poetry

    Love it Tracy

    August 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    • Thanks much for the visit and the nice words…I smile:)

      Tracy H

      August 5, 2010 at 1:30 am

  9. Oh my, simply one of your best. Well structured. Refined sentiment. And don’t we dig those holes ourselves? It’s true. And just as true, angles come along … thank goodness … and love us anyway! It’s amazing. Glad you and your angel found one another, Tracy. Hang on and don’t let go. Wishing you a hundred-million angel blessings . . .

    August 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

  10. lifeinarecipe

    Moving words. From your pain we gain and for that we can all give thanks to your angel for bringing you into the light.

    August 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

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