Universally Unique

My story is not unique
but it’s uniquely mine
My experience is universal
yet my own

People say, “me, too!”
But how can they know
They weren’t there
My pain is not theirs

What others have been through
mirrors my ordeals
with a twist


For the Quadrille prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today Grace wants us to use the word “twist” in a quadrille of exactly 44 words, no more, no less. I wrote all but the last stanza of this last night with the hopes I could work in the given word and make it a quadrille. Head on over the dVerse and check out some of the other twisted quadrilles the pub patrons have to offer today.


About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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31 Responses to Universally Unique

  1. Truedessa says:

    The twist is no one can really know your journey as you alone walk it…

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  2. Bekkie says:

    The twist is that we are not all the same. Truth!

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  3. Personal stories have to be told, bring it to the light: each her and his own.

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  4. Patti says:

    Wise words. No matter how much things seem the same, they can never be. We are all unique in our perceptions.

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  5. Very well said. Although it could provide a little comfort knowing others can relate, it can’t ever be the same.

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  6. Raivenne says:

    “My story is not unique
    but it’s uniquely mine”

    So true!

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  7. Strictly speaking you are right, but empathy and sympathy can work wonders.

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  8. She says:

    What a great reminder to fully listen to another person’s story rather than so eagerly jumping in with our own.

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  9. kim881 says:

    So true, Linda. And ‘twist’ got the last word!

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  10. Sumana Roy says:

    “My story is not unique / but it’s uniquely mine” nothing can be truer than this…

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  11. kanzensakura says:

    And so very true. We all have kinda sorta maybe similar but definitely not the same.

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  12. Bryan Ens says:

    So true. We can sympathize, but can never really understand someone else’s pain.

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  13. Bodhirose says:

    So true. No one has the exact same experience as another…in many ways.

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  14. The overall theme is very true, yet as humans we still try

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  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Ah yes, I know just what you mean … er ….

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  16. mtw says:

    no two stories are the same, but the recurring theme of loss and grief is what allows humans to share sympathy and empathy despite whatever differences in details.

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  17. lillian says:

    Well done. I think so many people do not know how to just listen and they feel awkward and then jump to fill the space with a “me to” or “I know someone” or “well, I think you should”….
    Listening – a look in the eye — a pat on the hand. A quietness – sometimes that’s all that is wanted – that in itself is a validation.
    Your words ring true here. Very well said.

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  18. ZQ says:

    very cleverly written.

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  19. Even if someone has had the same thing happen to them–each person will experience it differently. Wise observation, Linda.

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  20. Grace says:

    I think we may all experience the same, but the impact and depth are unique to each and everyone ~ Love the twist in the end & thanks for playing along ~

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  21. The pain is never universal.. it’s unique, it’s yours…

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  22. whimsygizmo says:

    So very true. I always try to say, “I understand” rather than “I know exactly what you mean.” No two stories are ever the same.

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