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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of Poetry

    Motherhood

    Overstimulated (Past Tense)
    o-ver-stim-u-late
    verb
     stimulate physiologically, or mentally to an excessive degree

    Overwhelmed (Past Tense)
    o-ver-whelm
    verb
     bury or drown beneath a huge mass
     defeat completely

    The words many, including myself, use to describe motherhood.
    Yet;
    Motherhood
    Moth-er-hood
    Noun
     the state of being a mother…read more

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  • How My Teeth Saved My Life!

    The year 2022 was a year that gave me the most hope and reminded me the value of my own life. It, like others, gave me high highs and some scary low lows. One of my highs was that I was able to spend the time and money to begin my journey to fixing my teeth again. I found the perfect dentist and I spent majority of the year with her working on…read more

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    • OMG!! I am so sorry you went through all of this. It sounds absolutely terrible but I am glad they were able to diagnose and treat you and your feeling better. <3 Lauren

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    • You are so strong to think that a person can go through something like this and continues to stay in their right mind amazes me. I would wish to have as much strength as you had going through this process. Thank you for sharing your store to us mand teaching us about The Sphenoid Sinus Cavity.

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  • Dearest Manulo

    Dear Father-In-Law,

    I have had the pleasure of spending the last 11 years with your son as my life partner. We have had our ups and downs, that has not stopped us from enjoying our lives together. When I walked into your son’s life there wasn’t much he would talk about with me when it came to you because he was still in pain. I know it must hav…read more

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    • I am so sorry for your loss. But what a beautiful letter. I am so sure he is smiling down on you guys and proud of the love you share and the wonderful children you are raising together. Sending lots of love and wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday. xoxoxo
      Lauren

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    • I’m so sorry for your loss Al, I think I remember you writing an letter about your Manulo not too long ago. Don’t worry! He is in a great place and you will see him someday. Stay strong I know this journey can be hard but keep your head held high.

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez responded to a letter in group Poetry 4 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Telina,
    This is beautifully and eliquently written! I resognate in numerous spaces within and throughout my life. This is something I can say to an old friend, a parent or family member, a lover and even ones self. This spoke most to myself. Thank you for sharing your words and gift.
    Forever, AL Gonzalez

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    • Dear Antoinette,

      This was actually written like a song, but I felt it was better as both a song and a poem. I love writing things that I can also see too. Thank you for reading it and connecting to it. I wrote this and felt it was speaking about so many things. I appreciate your time.

      Thank you,

      Telina

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  • The literal missing puzzle piece

    My Zeusy,

    When I was a baby, I was born into a home where my best friend lived. However hard times made us leave our home and when we moved my best friend ran away. I always yearned for a new best friend but lost hope throughout life.

    When I was 30, I found out I was pregnant with my son. It was a world wind of emotions since a few years prior…read more

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    • Awww you must know I love dogs. This is so sweet. Zeus sounds absolutely AMAZING. I am so glad he found you and you found him. What a sweet and beautiful letter to your baby boy. -Lauren

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    • I have a similar story to a lost animal and a newfound. We had a rabbit named Todo but he didn’t last till a month. We were deeply saddened that he passed and it was all because the pet store said that we can feed him guinea pig food. After that my older sister had no intent on buying any animals but my little sister found a person selling a…read more

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of Poetry

    A Message For My 1st Abuser

    The following is a poem entitled “Loudly Voiceless!” and has been written as Slam Poetry. This poem is not just to my abuser but to all abusers near and far. More importantly this is an empowerment to all the victims out there. Never forget – you’re NOT broken, you ARE healing. Become a survivor you deserve it more than you will ever…read more

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    • Dear Antoinette,
      Your poem is so touching and truthful. I am sorry you had to go thru so much abuse, trauma and sadness as such a young person, I am very happy your life is now on the right track and you are with a good man in a healthy relationship. I wish you all the best together.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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    • OMG! WOW! Antoinette! This is soo good. You really give powerful insight on what it’s like to be a victim, and also how you persevere through such trauma. This poem is incredibly and so deep and so empowering. I am sorry for what you went through but I am beyond inspired by all that you are. Keep shining. Keep pushing forward. Keep showing your…read more

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of Poetry

    Just You and Me

    Little one hear my plea!
    I know your young;
    but work with me
    I will make mistakes
    I am not perfect
    I am in this not alone;
    But with you
    It’s really just me & you!
    I will wipe your tears
    I will kiss your booboos
    I will be your friend
    I will be your foe!

    Little one hear my plea!
    In this world;
    It’s just you & me!
    I am going to fall
    I will cry…read more

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    • Loved your poem, Al. Your love for your daughter is felt strongly through your words. She’s blessed to have a mom like you who wants to see her do well throughout her life. The part about you getting tired & old is so sad, but it’ll be a reality one day. But hopefully, that part of life is a long way off and you will have lots of great with your…

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of Poetry

    My Busy Issy

    This is a Haiku about and for my oldest daughter. She is a child of few words, unless she’s comfortable with you. Her 14th birthday is tomorrow and I can remember her birth like it was yeaterday. Im so blessed that she made me a mama. And I am beyond blessed to have her as my biggest baby.
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    Please enjoy.
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    Badass Genius Babe.
    Never knew what…read more

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of Poetry

    To My Perfect Little Boy!

    I use to yearn,
    Yearn for this day.
    The day,
    I get to wipe your tears;
    Kissing your booboo’s.
    The day,
    I surrender to your love;
    Getting lost in your snuggles.

    Everyone told me,
    How great it is;
    Having a son.
    Your hugs,
    Your love,
    Your attachment.

    However,
    Nobody told me..
    How amazed I would be,
    Amazed by you.
    You’re only one,
    Yet,
    I can fee…read more

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    • Dear Al,
      How lucky you are to know the joys of motherhood. Your little boy sounds so sweet and amazing. I am glad you are taking the time to smell the roses. Your experience with your son will continue to be the highlight of your life. Stay close to him and you will see how he enriches your life in so many ways.

      All the best,
      Shelley

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  • Turning my Ashes to Their Diamonds

    As babies we are programed with nursery rhythms, “1st comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.” Then as children we go to school and are given unrealistic goals to meet with minimal help. Told that we need to get it all done in preparation for college and the work field. If you want to have children, as your pro…read more

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    • Antoinette!!! This story is incredible. You are amazing. It’s so crazy how the way someone treats you in a moment as a childhood can have such a ripple effect. What strength you have to take it upon yourself to learn to read for your child, and lookout you now!!! Writing like a pro! I am in awe of your strength and your courage. And I am sure…read more

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    • Dear Al,
      Reading your story reminds me how important it is for teachers to be positive and caring. I am sorry you had that awful classroom experience but it seems in the end it made you stronger and extremely determined to overcome your difficulty with reading. It sounds like you are a wonderful mother. Good luck to you and your…read more

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    • I am glad that you are able to not let your past affect the future of those around you. that you are able to change your darkness into their light. i wish more people on the earth can find a way to go about this but not everyone is made the same as others so you cant expect much from the human race. continue to shine your diamond on others and be…read more

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  • Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are completely right. However, Im really good at hiding me from me and people plleasing. This beautiful soul is teaching me, no inspiring and encouraging me to be true to me as a whole. Im learning I can give the world the real me with boundaries and unapologetically at that.
    XO,
    AL Gonzalez

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  • Kayjah, I am so grateful my piece resonate with you. This particular piece is to the woman in the picture. We are not blood related but we are 100% sisters. She fills me and inspires me daily! She has taught me truely so much more than words can articulate. I like to try and write pieces that will allow others to find inspiration and that resonate…read more

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  • To the Woman I Aspire to be

    Good Morning Beautiful Soul,

    We are connected like sisters, I feel. Not blood, barely relatives, but still sisters. You and I met by chance but our paths were absolutely meant to cross. I met you while we were both in our darkest hour, different paths, similar darkness. You are someone who has poured into me from the moment you met me, as a big…read more

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    • I absolutely LOVE this. Knowing inside who we can become and who we want to become is so powerful. But the truth is it’s probably who you already are… just have to be disciplined to be that person every single day. Thank you for sharing this. Be proud of you. Be excited about the person you are continuing to become. Thank you for this…read more

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      • Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are completely right. However, Im really good at hiding me from me and people plleasing. This beautiful soul is teaching me, no inspiring and encouraging me to be true to me as a whole. Im learning I can give the world the real me with boundaries and unapologetically at that.
        XO,
        AL Gonzalez

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    • Amazing story. I don’t know if your letter is meant for a general audience or if it was coming from you meeting an actual person yourself. But the way you told it made me be in the same position that you are in. I have my sister who has been. Role model for me for literally my whole life. We have both shared dark past and came to an u…read more

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      • Kayjah, I am so grateful my piece resonate with you. This particular piece is to the woman in the picture. We are not blood related but we are 100% sisters. She fills me and inspires me daily! She has taught me truely so much more than words can articulate. I like to try and write pieces that will allow others to find inspiration and that resonate…read more

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    • Dear Al,
      What a beautiful, touching letter you wrote to your sister . You both sound like amazing people who I would like to meet. In these challenging times it is so important that we support one another. Woman to woman bonds are especially strong because we are nurturers by nature. So you give each other a double gift of love and…read more

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    • I absolutely loved reading your letter. The impact that she has had on your life is clear and inspiring. I personally have two sisters and while we are blood-related I saw many similarities in our relationships. I would not be the person that I am today without them. They are the first people I come to for advice or even just to talk to them…read more

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  • Antoinette Gonzalez responded to a letter in group Poetry 6 months ago

    You brought me to the depth of your soul, Mija! You painted a picture so clear, I was there. I could hear the word Mija and feel your emotions. I enjoy pieces that truely convey the artist emotion, pieces that transport you within your own home. Thank you dear friend! I look forward to more of Sarah pieces.
    XOXO Antoinette

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