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I was taught right from wrong
By a murderer
I was taught truth from lies
By a magician
I was taught who my friends were
By my enemy
I was taught to be honest
By a professional liar


I was taught to always speak my mind
By being told to keep quiet
I was taught to be kind
By someone that beat me down
I was taught to smile
By someone who could never wipe a scowl of their face
I was taught to love
By being abused


I was taught to live
By someone who was already dead
I was taught to perform
By someone with stage fright
I was taught to be excellent
By someone that failed in everything
I was taught to rely on only my self
By being surrounded with people


I was taught to be perfect
By those that wanted to see me fail
I was taught to be loyal
By everyone that ever walked out of my life
I was taught to make people happy
By everyone who ever made me miserable
I was taught to control my temper
By those with explosive tempers


I was taught to take care of myself
By those who tried to kill me
I was taught what matters to me
By those that took it all away
I was taught how to be a girly girl
By a bunch of boys
I was taught how bad modern medicine can be
By a drug addict


I was taught who deserved my heart
By having my rib cage shattered
I was taught to stand center stage
By having my shoulders disjointed
I was taught not everyone is as nice as they seem
By having my wrist taken out
I was taught how far people are willing to go
By seeing him dying  


This may not makes sense to everyone
But to those it does
They know, just like me
Betrayal is the best teacher


And, what doesn't kill you defines you
This sadly is all true...in some sense or another...But...I don't really hate anyone for it...because I have started to like myself...I work hard...and everything I have is because i had to earn it...and for every bad person i have had in my life..I have had someone equally wonderful...

*EDIT* Thanks to everyone for making this such a huge hit and thank you for all the support and favorites...I always promised if my work got anywhere near the front page I would answer every comment and so far I am doing well...If I am slow to reply pleaes be patient but I will...thank you again for all the support...wow this is amazing
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ennailaughter Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Last line is my favorite, people say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger..but I like this better :) wonderful poem and sadly true
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
this was especially true in my life....and even though situations have changed....I still see little glimmers of results from what i went through....or even personality traits from the people....thanks for commenting 
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ennailaughter Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
no problem, its good that you pushed through, and learned from it instead of crushing under it
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DrillBoysGirl Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This makes me thing of the song Fighter by Christina Aguilera, which does make me look back on my life is smile. Not everything is good, and not everyone is a good person or friend. But everyone and everything can teach us a lesson. It is no one's fault about how we act, we choose what defines us every day of our lives.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Exactly...I think people need to learn from experiences
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RoseScarlet Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Writer
yes, this is amazing.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you so much, and thanks for the watch
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RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Writer
Welcome!
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WrittenRuse Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
This is so lovely. It really speaks to me. The only way I learned was by being betrayed. It's really true.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Thank you
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WrittenRuse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
You're welcome~
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Thief-in-darkness Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Writer
this is beautiful and amazingly true 
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Thank you so much...and thank you for taking the time to comment and read
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Thief-in-darkness Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Writer
no prob
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admirer4022 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If we never hurt, we would never know joy. If we never cried, we'd never know special laughter is. If we never walked through the darkness we would never know the peace of finally coming out into the light. I understand perfectly and this poem is so exquisite. I can see why it is your favorite. My motto, from the things in my life exactly like the subjects of this poem, is Discipline, Suffering, Ecstasy. To get cheesy and quote Rise Against, "How we survive is what makes us who we are!"

I am not sure if you believe in souls or a deeper level of spirituality, but consider this. I believe that every single person that has ever had an impact on our life is a member of what I call our Pack, our soul group. Souls, beings, who we have worked and lived and suffered and rejoiced with across all our cycles of existence. Think then, how much a soul, one of your Pack, must love you to take the role in your life of someone who must hurt you. The burden of that Necessity could not be taken by someone that did not love you unconditionally. It is sometimes a cold comfort when the pain is fresh but the profound implications is has on the significance and meaning of our lives lifts me up. Just something to consider.

An EXCELLENT poem! I have no critiques for form, style or flow. Exceptional.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Wow thank you so much... Your comment is really deep...and I kind if agree with you on the soul thing...I have just never thought of it that way...I mean to be honest the people that have hurt me have done it in such cruel and despicable ways I have never thought about how they felt about their role in my life...I have only thought about how I want to grow...and change who I am and how I treat others because of what they have done...just all I can say is wow...I have never had a comment that has made me think this much...thanks for that :) and not a cheesy quote I like that one
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admirer4022 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so glad you liked it, your poem made me think equally deeply. It is a topic I have personally given much thought to but your poem brought it all back to the surface. I admire that you want to change and grow, I believe that's why we are here. And, I believe that, so long as you are learning and trying and growing RIGHT NOW, it doesn't matter what you did in the past. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone does things we are not proud of, what matters is what you learned from it and the life you are living today.

If you haven't heard the song, go listen to "Survive" by Rise Against. And google the "Rise Against Heart Fist." My next tattoo will be the heart fist on my right shoulder cap with the quote "how we survive is what makes us who we are."

Keep growing, keep learning, keep writing. Believe it or not, you are doing an amazing job.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I really like the quote for a tattoo...and thank you it's always nice to hear you aren't doing everything wrong :)
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admirer4022 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good quote. Normally, I prefer symbols for my tats but there are a few phrases I will be getting. "How we survive is what makes us who we are," on my right shoulder, "Discipline, Suffering, Ecstasy," on my collar bone, "til my heart stops beating," down the back of my left arm and "a taste for suffering (my favorite definition of masochism)" down my right side. I can only get the last one after I compete in and finish the Ultra Ironman in Hawaii, a partner and I swore and oath to do it after we ran our first Ultra Marathon together.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Those are all very very cool and impacting quotes...and the whole marathon thing sounds amazing...haha I'll cheer from afar...(lame as it sounds)... I want 2 myself...I want a raven feather with the birds coming out of it with a scroll that says evermore and a date that is significant to me on my back right shoulder and a white snake draped a blooming cherry blossom branch on my left wrist...since one of my worst struggles was with someone who one if most impacting things they did was break a bone in the wrist area
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admirer4022 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome! You've put thought into your ink and it has meaning, which is important. So many people just get things on whim and then they are stuck with it for the rest of their life. Your raven piece sounds kind of like my chest piece! I want to get a raven's skull in the center with wings spread out across my chest and a special symbol, the valknut, (the knot of the slain) coming out of the top of the skull right in the hollow of my throat.

As for the marathon, here's my story. In 2009, when my ex-fiance left me, I weighed 310 lbs. I was pre-hypertensive, pre-diabetic, an insomniac, I had chronic asthma that I had been hospitalized for three times and I had constant pain in my knees and back. I was friggin 19. Since then, I have lost 130 lbs total, quit all drugs and virtually all alcohol (I like a good glass of sipping scotch when I am writing) and changed my life completely. I couldn't walk a mile to work without being winded and I ran 50 miles in a day last summer. You never know what you can do if you just keep fighting.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Wow...that whole thing is so completely inspirational! You sound like such a strong person...and that is amazing... And it makes sense why the marathon is so important...I wish you tons of luck :)
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thehackslash197 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Betrayal...I could go on and on about how much I've been betrayed in my life. This really touched me. In a way, I thank those who wronged me because they taught me to be better than they ever could be. Incredible poem!
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Thank you so much...I've just always been one of those people that believe in making a negative event into something positive...but then people often overlook the negative ever happening so that was what this was about...I'm glad you liked it
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thehackslash197 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
You're welcome :)
From this poem, I feel like I can be a better person and not make the same mistakes they've made. So thank YOU for making this poem :)
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
It's good to learn from the mistakes of others...and I am really glad you were able to take something from my work :) that is the biggest compliment...thank you so much for reading and commenting
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thehackslash197 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
You're absolutely welcome :)
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purpldragonwings Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing and touching. ive had some rough patches in my life and all of this is extremly true. sometimes betrayal really can be the best teacher.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Haha I think I learned from the hurt...it's better than to become hurt by it...
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purpldragonwings Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its better to take what you can from the experiences you have so you can make sure things are done right in the future
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
And to make the needed changes...I can't stand people that play the full on victim... They need to learn and move on
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purpldragonwings Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i completely agree. i will definately show this to a few people. it could be good for them too
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you so much :) I hope they like it as well...
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Darvia123 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is insanely amazing.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Really??? Thank you so much
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Darvia123 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes they are such wonderful contradictions that actually make sense!!
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demonrobber Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Excellent! There are so many setbacks in life and it is important to find the positive result in all situations. I hope you have gained wisdom and not suffered too much in the proces. A wonderful piece of verse.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I am actually grateful for all I have learned...I think in a way even if we don't like what happens we need it when it does...Thank you so much for your support and reading
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Kayla-Sabra-Maniere Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, so my friend says: That is truly amazing, and it describes how a few people go through life. This is really deep and emotional, and I have to say, bleh, that I cried, because it described how and what people go through sometimes. And that people should know what they say can hurt others, and that everyone knows they've been through a tragic moment. Uh, yep.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Wow thank you both so much...it seems often people try to hurt others...but people need to he stronger from it...other wise you just let the other person win...and I'm sorry for making you cry...thanks for taking time to comment
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Kayla-Sabra-Maniere Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, no my friend needed, she and I have had rough lives and we needed it to move on. It made my head spin and my breath catch in my throat. I laugh now, but it is a truly amazing and effective piece. We are both very grateful to you for sharing this.

Domo arigatou~
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing! wonderfully written and very realistic. true in all aspects but it takes certain types of people to truly understand this. Amazing piece.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Yeah...not everyone will get it...maybe they can take something from it though... Thank you so much for the compliment and taking time to read the piece :)
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1HikariNaito1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough, most (if not all) of what you wrote relate to me too (well, except the 'girly girl' part... I was never one for dresses and long hair. And of the heart, I haven't yet fallen in love........I think).

My wrist got sprained once because I was practicing so hard for an orchestra competition (I was the timpanist), because the former timpanist (who was also the same age, and my closest friend then) told me that the band would never get the top 3 because of my playing.

Later I was told my 'friend' had been spreading malicious gossip about me behind my back.. to my band instructor. I only knew about it in the final year of my high school, and apparently it's been going on since I entered the band.

But if there's one thing I've found out, it's that adversity only makes you stronger. Thank you for writing up such a strong piece.
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Wow...I'm sorry about all of that...thanks for reading and commenting
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TheTurtleGeek Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I relate to this. But instead of giving a long list of how it relates to me (since i was recently attacked for it) I'll just say job well done. :)
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I would never attack for relate to this....but thank you so much :) thanks for reading and commenting
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Killer-Paw Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i had my rib cage shttered before..it was so bad.... the pain....
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Sakura2349 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I hear you...it was a while ago so it's much better now...
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Lynzerd22 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
love it
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