Terry O'Leary


Battered Shells


Standing lonely in a crowd
Feelings severed, screaming loud;
Heart rejected, growing cold
Trusting ways begin to fold

Waking eyes find life revealed,
Wonder when the dirge was pealed;
Love was captured, tears ran wild
From the young but learning child

Finding life like solitaire
Some that need but none that care,
Most that take but none that give
All that die and none that live

Reaching out to no one there
Leaving all your feelings bare;
Soon to nothing they will grind
Leaving but a shell behind

Looking 'round this empty sea
Battered shells stand facing me,
Standing near but none in reach
Each alone on private beach

Submitted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Edited: Monday, April 23, 2012

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  • Rookie Zak Pearce (11/4/2013 7:11:00 AM)

    Great structure, nice rhyme. A poem with beautiful classical structure! Only slight problem I can see is a deviation from meter, but that's a commonplace error, and one I occasionally indulge in :) Look forward to seeing more! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (4/16/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    I was in awe of this piece...
    Finding life like solitaire
    Some that need but none that care,
    Most that take but none that give
    All that die and none that live

    So poignant. And broken shells has huge personal significance. Ty (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Ruby Honeytip (2/9/2013 12:49:00 AM)

    Terry Terry Terry.......beautiful talent you have been blessed with. I feel this pulling at the centre of all my warm fuzzy yet oddly sad bits xxx (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,018 Points * Sunprincess * (12/17/2012 9:08:00 PM)

    with this beautiful beach by the sea, there should be joy.
    but somehow i feel there is sadness in this one.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Heyyou Boy (11/8/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    I can feel the emotion in this write. Another really great poem i will come back to for inspiration.Outstanding work Terry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/22/2012 3:21:00 AM)

    Captivating write, had me feeling i should hang my head in shame as maybe most of us probably should....I see myself as the hermit crab so this has so much meaning to me and the third stanza....great...tyvm karen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 67 Points Guess Who (4/27/2012 2:17:00 AM)

    Nice poem............ True this is the truth of life
    Finding life like solitaire
    Some that need but none that care,
    Most that take but none that give
    All that die and none that live
    Very impressive writing especially these sentences they are very meaningful i like the way you write you are skilled i congratulate you..... good luck with your poems
    Guess Who (Report) Reply

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