Life on Pause: “You’ve Taught Me”


You’ve taught me that I am stronger than I thought I was…
You’ve taught me that I can move on…
I am fearless
I am independent…

Heartbreak I have had,
It still is healing.

You’ve taught me that life goes on.
As time moved on,
I’ve learned that love is real-
it doesn’t haven’t to hurt.

A time ago,
there were tears.
I wondered if this was all life
had to offer…
I prayed and asked God
why did it all have to hurt so much?

He answered…
Life is full of trials,
And we all have things to learn,
but He loves us.
He never wants us to hurt.

You’ve taught me
that I’m not angry with you.
I only hope
that you can find your happiness…
instead of grasping for anger.
God has taught me to forgive you-
because of Him,
I am stronger.

You’ve taught me-
that I don’t regret you-
You’ve helped me learn.

I’ve learned,
this is my path.
this is my journey.
Nobody else lives this life for me.

My trials.
My pain.
My joy.
My love.
My gift
of life.

Nobody can tell me how to live it.

You’ve taught me that I can move on.

I am fearless.

I am independent.

You gave me that.

I don’t hate you.

I only hate the anger that once filled my heart.
But it has washed away.

My heart is pure.
And I am ready
for this journey.

-Ariana R. Cherry 2015


Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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