"Path" by Thomas

“Path” by Thomas

That’s the color I’m seeing.
You are not anxious.
You are full on
You have no middle ground—
If you speak
and don’t get it exactly right
the blowback
will be fast,
and from every angle.

Decide where you want to belong.
Forge your path there.

People terrify me.
And I’m not saying
I want you to be afraid—
I want you to give each fear
it’s own sterile place.

brutally, surgically
remove the cancer,
use radiation,
–whatever you need—
then leave it.
Once you aren’t thundering from it
you might find an easier, softer sound.

It’s not a benign subject.
I’m about a mile from home.
Cover all your bases.

Shareen Mansfield can always be found in the Open Thought Vortex. This is her first poem in the public sphere. Discover her work and you discover her.  


32 Discussion to this post

  1. So thrilled you picked my poem! Thank you! Not enough emotions to show my true exuberance?

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  2. Reblogged this on On The Verge and commented:
    I am so excited! My poem went up!
    Thank you.
    I follow this blog and I am very excited about showcasing a strong piece by another writer! I hope Shawna will write a contribution for me.
    More fruit !

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  3. Thanks for sharing this Shareen, I was really moved by it.

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  4. Elly Finzer says:

    Congrats on your first publication! You have a strong voice and I hope you keep writing…

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  5. Kirsten says:

    Lovely poem through and through! I especially loved this line “It’s not a benign subject.”

    Writing your way through the emotions of medical trauma can be so healing. I look forward to reading more of your work!

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  6. Wow! What a powerful poem. I can feel the emotion jumping off the page. I liked the rhythm of the word choices – sort of hard “c” words to me, brutal and tough – like cancer. Really nice work.

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  7. dbrownwriter says:

    Shareen. Thank you for sharing your work. It’s incredibly brave of you. In your lines, I feel the desire and wisdom you are gaining as you “forge your path.” Nice work. I hope you continue to write and publish.

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  8. Daria Papish Mansfield says:

    I love this piece Shareen, b/c the emotion builds with focus and direction. …once you aren’t thundering from it you might find an easier, softer sound…. That’s beautiful texture. You should be very stoked about this. Congratulations.

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  9. […] ‘Compromised Field‘ by Shareen Mansfield on The Honeyed Quill […]

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  10. […] Mansfield is the author of “Compromised Field,” a poem found in text messages. She can always be found On the Verge. She stands at the […]

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  11. […] Compromised Field is first on the list and it isn’t by me. This poem appears on THQ courtesy of Shareen Mansfield, my soul-twin over at On the Verge. This poem has special meaning to me and has gotten me through some tough times. I refer to it quite frequently. […]

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  13. […] noticed right away. How amazing is it that my first publication was on her site and that piece,  Compromised Field, was recognized on The Writes of Woman in a stellar round up of writers I […]

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    How lovely and telling. I am not very good with poetry-but this was quite beautiful.

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