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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Mental Health 4 weeks ago

    Thank you, Lauren. Isn’t that life’s greatest challenge? The process of learning to love and accept yourself. We’re all “getting there” in the best way we know how.

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Remembering those we lost/Grief 4 weeks ago

    Thank you Kaylah…it brings me joy to know you appreciated my humble little poem. There is solace in still feeling connected to those we’ve lost. I wanted to express turning sadness into beautiful anticipation of meeting that loved one again beyond this life. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Magical Moments 1 month, 1 week ago

    Oh my…thank you Kayjah…I am humbled by your kind words. Thank you for commenting and enjoying my writing. It means a lot to me to have others appreciate and understand the little messages I try to convey. Thank you!

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  • gorilladna shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 month, 1 week ago

    PIECE OF WORK

    I am a work in progress

    Orphan baby that time stole

    As I figure out my role

    Though sometime just a hot mess

    I try to find my true self

    Racing time against its toll

    Challenging my self control

    While maintaining mental health

    The haters and the lovers

    Inspire my will to thrive

    And my desire to stay alive

    Lest I dive under the covers

    So, in stepping out of bed

    I take steps toward my goal

    Like a newborn baby foal

    To live life outside my head

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Ricardo, we are all a work in progress. But, in my humble opinion, you are wonderful just as you are today. You are kind and thoughtful. Keep pursuing your happiness. You deserve it. <3 Lauren

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      • Thank you, Lauren. Isn’t that life’s greatest challenge? The process of learning to love and accept yourself. We’re all “getting there” in the best way we know how.

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  • Thanks for the kind words, Lauren! Writing (poetry) for me has been a lifesaver, as I am sure it has been for others here on The Unsealed. Thank you for creating a place where we can share the little voice within us for others to enjoy.

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  • SUN-SETTLE

    Sunset comes in muted hues

    Orange fire and baby blues

    Seaside skies, so vast in views

    Birds pass lovers, two by twos

    The day erased to bygone news

    Sunlight fades to starry muse

    Gentle flames from bonfires fuse

    Bring restful bliss from daytime’s ruse

    From sunrise lies to nighttime truths

    Our life resets when dawn renews

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Ricardo, Your letter beautifully captures the essence of a serene sunset. The imagery and rhythm of your poem create a sense of steadiness and renewal.

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  • FLOWER ME

    I have roses on my tongue

    Velvet kisses, words with thorns

    I have magnolias in my eyes

    Silver petals that mesmerize

    Orange blossoms on my chest

    Cover my heart with their zest

    I have orchids for my navel

    Like a sprite from woodland fable

    Through my waist and far below

    Hidden garden with its glow

    My body, vase of stems and leaves

    Ivy wrapped around my knees

    Small bouquet of scent and wonder

    Arranged for all to gaze and ponder

    Tend my garden, see me grow

    Water daily, love will flow

    Then pick my flowers with delight

    For they’ll come back throughout the night

    Ricardo Albertorio

    Voting starts April 16, 2024 12:00am

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    • Awww Ricardo! I love this. It is very sweet. And it flows so well. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being part of our family. <3 Lauren

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Poetry 2 months ago

    Thank you so much, Saga. It makes me happy to hear you enjoyed my poem. If one has to win over the other, I prefer it to be the heart 🙂

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  • Thank you Rohit…I appreciate your kind words. I am happy that you enjoyed it.

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Poetry 2 months, 1 week ago

    Awww! Thank you, Lauren. Yes, we’ve all experienced this “tug ‘o war” internally. Sometimes the mind wins, sometimes the heart wins. Thank you for including it in the newsletter.

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  • gorilladna shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 months, 1 week ago

    HEART versus MIND

    My heart says to love you

    My mind says to leave you behind

    My heart says you need me

    My mind says I’m being too kind

    My heart says forgive you

    My mind says it’s for the last time

    My heart says I’ll miss you

    My mind says stop being so blind

    My heart says that you’ll change

    My mind says it’s just too late

    My heart says there’s hope still

    My mind says you’ve sealed your own fate

    My heart says it’s broken

    My mind says to cry and move on

    My heart says it’s ready

    My mind says the heart’s never wrong

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Ricardo, I love this and the back-and-forth between the mind and the heart I think is something we’ve all felt at some point. That tug-of-war can drive a person crazy. I know it has for me. I love this piece. I am going to include it in our newsletter today, so please keep an eye out for it! <3 Lauren

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    • Hi! I really love the theme of contrasting the knowledge in your mind with the desires of your heart. It’s fun to see creative takes on age old adeges. Your last line really made me feel something; I felt that in my heart 🙂

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      • Thank you so much, Saga. It makes me happy to hear you enjoyed my poem. If one has to win over the other, I prefer it to be the heart 🙂

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  • PRIMITIVO

    Dear Unsealers,

    I wrote this poem as an homage to our ancestors, when spirituality came before organized religion, when we viewed the world with wonder, and when we longed for understanding of life and death:

    Primitivo

    I worship the Sun

    And his daughter, the Moon

    I pray to the sky; morn, evening, and noon

    The stars I will use as my guide and my light

    To honor my ancestors throughout the night

    And I pray to the gods of the wind and the rain

    For peace and strength and no more of the pain

    For my mother, the Earth, and my father, the Sea

    Gave life and birth for me to be

    The son of comets and shooting stars

    My brothers Venus, Earth, and Mars

    Watch over me as I wake and rest

    And live my life as I do best

    For when my body returns to clay

    The stars will cradle me, and there I’ll stay

    Ricardo Albertorio

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  • Thank you so much, Lauren. This was one of the first poems I had ever written as I struggled with coming out. Self-acceptance is something we all battle, but I realized it’s not me (us/anyone) that needs changing…it’s the outside world’s views that need adjustment. All anyone wants is simple acceptance. ❤️

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  • NEW YEAR RESOLVE

    Living in shadows of my past

    Roaming hallways of my mind

    Afraid to turn corners too fast

    And the memories I would find

    Resolved to pause and change my stance

    And shake the past’s dust off my shoes

    I will give next year a chance

    To see in color instead of blues

    Those old walls become withdrawn

    As fresh grass grows beneath my feet

    This old year has come and gone

    My new self I prepare to meet

    This New Year I have a choice

    My liberty comes with it’s dawn

    A small change in my mind’s voice

    To a positive antiphon

    My New Year’s dreams are made of light

    Washing tears and sorrow away

    All I did was adjust my sight

    To view a better, brighter day

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    Voting ends April 15, 2024 11:59pm

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    • Aww Ricardo, I love your poems. They are all so sweet. I love the positive bright perspective. I can’t wait to see how the new year unfolds for you. Thank you for sharing and thank you for being part of The Unsealed family. <3 Lauren

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      • Thanks for the kind words, Lauren! Writing (poetry) for me has been a lifesaver, as I am sure it has been for others here on The Unsealed. Thank you for creating a place where we can share the little voice within us for others to enjoy.

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  • WHISPERS

    I dedicate this poem to Gary and Morgan, loving partners for over 40 beautiful years. This month Gary passed away after a year long struggle with cancer, days before Morgan’s birthday and their anniversary. During his final moments, Gary only had the strength to whisper priceless words of encouragement and love to Morgan. This is a poem of hope that we will all meet again, someday, somewhere beyond this life. But in the meantime, we’ll find each other in…

    WHISPERS

    You’ll come to me in whispers

    And you’ll visit me in dreams

    I’ll awaken from your kisses

    Softly lit by radiant beams

    In the echos of my life

    I will catch your sweetest voice

    I will hear our love’s pure song

    And my heart will then rejoice

    I will strain my tired ear

    For each whisper that you gift

    As I listen most intently

    In our memories I will drift

    And one day your gentle whispers

    Will be louder and quite clear

    We’ll be standing face to face

    And our love song all will hear

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Ricardo, your poem is a great and heartfelt tribute to the enduring love between Gary and Morgan. The imagery of whispers and dreams beautifully captures the connection that exceeds life’s limitations. May their love continue to shine bright and bring comfort to Morgan in her grief.

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      • Thank you Kaylah…it brings me joy to know you appreciated my humble little poem. There is solace in still feeling connected to those we’ve lost. I wanted to express turning sadness into beautiful anticipation of meeting that loved one again beyond this life. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • gorilladna shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 4 months, 1 week ago

    Sun-Settle

    Sunset comes in muted hues

    Orange fire and baby blues

    Seaside skies, so vast in views

    Birds pass lovers, two by twos

    The day erased to bygone news

    Sunlight fades to starry muse

    Gentle flames from bonfires fuse

    Bring restful bliss from daytime’s ruse

    From sunrise lies to nighttime truths

    Our life resets when dawn renews

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem with The Unsealed community. Your words paint a vivid picture of the calm beauty of a sunset and the peacefulness it brings. I appreciate the way you incorporate nature and love into your verses, creating a sense of harmony and serenity. Your poem reminds me to appreciate the simple joys in life and…read more

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      • Oh my…thank you Kayjah…I am humbled by your kind words. Thank you for commenting and enjoying my writing. It means a lot to me to have others appreciate and understand the little messages I try to convey. Thank you!

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  • The Greatest Gift

    Dear Unsealers,

    Today I held the hand of a dying friend. We looked into each other’s eyes and I said the only thing I could say at that moment…”I love you”. Too weak to speak, he closed his eyes, puckered his tired lips, and blew me a kiss. I caught it and will carry it with me for the rest of my life.

    Ricardo Albertorio

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    • Ricardo, your heartfelt moment with your friend reflects the power of love and connection. The exchange of love through a simple gesture speaks volumes. May the memory of that kiss bring you comfort and strength in the days ahead.

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Poetry 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Maggie. I appreciate your kind response.

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  • gorilladna shared a letter in the Group logo of ParentingParenting group 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    DEAR KIDS

    I’m sorry if I embarrass you

    Because I’m not like other dads

    This thought often makes me sad

    So I write to shake the blues

    Shame and guilt have haunted me

    As I’ve watched you learn and grow

    And someday I hope you know

    That you’re all I want to be

    But I had to make a choice

    Though it may never seem that way

    To reveal my self one day

    And to speak with my true voice

    And I hope you find yours too

    As you’ll need a voice in life

    To defend yourself from strife

    And to yourself stay true

    Just remember that my heart

    Will never fade or falter

    I will always be your father

    And my love shall not depart

    So now I say goodbye

    Holding memories so close

    Being more than just a ghost

    As I yearn to for your reply

    Love,

    Dad

    Ricardo Albertorio

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  • gorilladna responded to a letter in topic Mental Health 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Awww! Thank you. I appreciate you enjoying it.

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