Treasure Island

Patricia Kelley

(March 11 1957 / Oklahoma)

Broken Spirit


Have you ever seen a broken girl’s spirit?
She doesn’t feel like she fits in with the other children.
Her heart’s been broken.
She’s has a low self-image.
She feels like wherever she goes.
She feels all the foes.
All eyes are upon her.
Seeing all of her woes!
Just waiting for her to do something wrong.
Because she’s in a world in which she doesn’t belong.
She has this secret desire to feel longing.
But she’s too young to pack up her belongings.
She doesn’t even own a suitcase.
She goes to school yawning.
Because she’s too afraid to close her eyes at night,
Because it may happen again like last night.
She’s too scared to speak from the fright.
She just closes her eyes.
Trying to act like she’s a sleep she stays wise.
In her dreams she feels safe.
Not unsafe.
She gave up on happiness that only happens in fairytales.
She once felt like she was a beautiful princess.
But, her life was drained.
Feeling all the strain,
She can’t see pass the pain.
Always taking a long walk in the rain,
Her life has skipped by her.
She remembers days of singing in the rain.
Playing hopscotch on the hot summer pavement,
She doesn’t think she will ever live to hear the word of engagement.
She silently cries with the rain.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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  • Patricia Grantham (6/29/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    Growing up as children we have all felt at one
    time or another the need to be a part of the inner
    circle. We can either accept our individuality or
    come up against problems trying to be like the
    crowd. The choice is up to each person. Be yourself
    and others will love you for who you are and not
    what you are. A thoughtful write. I have a poem called
    Peer Pressure, please visit when you get a chance. (Report) Reply

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