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Colleen Courtney

Rookie - 0 Points (10/13/65 / Massachusetts)

Past Beauty


I'm not the girl I used to be
That girl has gone away.
Where did she go? I do not know,
She simply went astray.
Her life once full of happiness
Of bright and sunny days,
An optimistic outlook
So hopeful, glad and gay.
But now so full of sadness
So gloomy, dark and gray.
No sunshine can break through these walls
Of hopeless, bitter days.
This girl was once so beautiful
Vivacious, proud and tall,
But now she sees just ugliness
In the mirror on my wall.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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  • Rookie Mockingjay Mellark (7/14/2014 3:49:00 PM)

    If looks are everything then when they are gone, what is left? This is a really good poem cause it's sending an important, clear message in the best way: without saying Here is a lesson to be learnt. It eases into the mind through a relaxing and enjoyable setting-a poem- and makes the readers think about it without putting up their defenses. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 67 Points Cheryl Griffith (7/12/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    I love this poem it says so much about how life and time can change you and how sometimes you just can't recognise the person in the mirror. It speaks volume about life and is a very powerful poem. Reminds me of my poem Ode (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 67 Points Cheryl Griffith (7/9/2014 3:50:00 PM)

    I love this poem and I is so similar to my poem ODE read it and you would see same theme just different style.
    Good work keep writing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,180 Points Hans Vr (7/6/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    I think this poem is very well written.
    Beauty of our body is transient but no one can destroy the beauty of our soul
    I think you will love my poem, ugly (80) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,180 Points Hans Vr (7/6/2014 5:22:00 AM)

    I think this poem is very well written.
    Beauty of our body is transient but no one can destroy the beauty of our soul
    I think you will love my poem, ugly (80) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,313 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (7/3/2014 10:00:00 PM)

    But now she sees just ugliness
    In the mirror on my wall. nice poem...10
    beauty does not die
    see and try
    you will find same girl
    in turn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 343 Points F. J. Thomas (6/30/2014 9:45:00 AM)

    It is hard for many of us to watch ourselves change with time and life; you've exrpressed this perfectly Colleen :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,784 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (6/22/2014 3:03:00 AM)

    The real beauty lies inside......in-depth beauty barely tapped............and what is mirror for.........it is standing there
    forever portraying ugliness and attractiveness, reflection of what you look like but has it got the ability to measure
    your inner beauty? a nice poem with a nice reflection of self.................. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 512 Points Silvi Tripathy (6/16/2014 11:11:00 PM)

    Everything remains inside our mind. A beautifully expressed poem with a thought from the core of heart. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Robert Melliard (6/16/2014 12:35:00 PM)

    Nice poem about a horrible problem. I sounds, at least, as if you are right in the middle of a depression. If you can afford it I recommend going to a shrink especially if someone you know can recommend a good one. Above all, remember it's only a phase and you will come out of it, however permanent it may seem now. It might help you to jot down on paper all the good things that you have done, or that have happened to you in your life, to balance against the apparently negative experiences you have had recently. We must always take our past into account when confronting present difficulties. And of course the future may hold many joys which you cannot imagine at the moment because of your depression. I hope that writing poetry may help you through your troubles. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 291 Points Chris Zachariou (6/15/2014 6:48:00 AM)

    I think this poem is so sad. I can't help but wonder the reasons why life sometimes takes a certain road. But also is there still hope and can we ever go back. Well done Colleen, I love your poetry so far. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 909 Points Leah Ayliffe (6/9/2014 8:33:00 AM)

    This is a fabulous poem, beautiful despite the doubt of your beauty in these words. By the way thank you for your comments and the birthday wish :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,083 Points Akhtar Jawad (5/30/2014 6:07:00 AM)

    I think you are still beautiful, your poems are the witness. A Poet wrote a poem True Beauty. I read the poem in my college. He concludes
    A smooth and stead fast mind,
    Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
    Kindle nee'r dying fires. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,340 Points Daniel Brick (5/29/2014 10:16:00 PM)

    This is a haunting poem, and that means I am haunted. I think it is the complete absence of sentimentality that makes it so vivid, sharp and (indeed) painful. I abhor sentimentality - it's a lie, it's like taking two steps backward after only one forward, it exposes a lazy writer. Having said those harsh things, I also know why it's popular. Your poem illustrates it - there is no comfort (no FALSE comfort) given in a poem like yours. And the truth is not about being nice. So you are summoning us to look at PAST BEAUTY with courage, yes, courage! Are we strong enough to do so? Well, poetry like this which tells the truth will make us stronger. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 907 Points Ken E Hall (5/27/2014 2:28:00 AM)

    The mirror cannot see inside ones self and I'm sure lots of beauty lay inside sure youth passes and blooms into mature beauty, very good thought provocing poem...regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 118 Points Timothy Caffery (5/25/2014 9:35:00 PM)

    The mirror as we know it was invented about the 12 century in Europe. Prior to that it was polished metals, for the most part. The mirrors today are two parts: a glass pane; tain. And it has one function though many applications. I am sure this is as much an anthem as a poem. Ever try becoming a mirror? It's as painful as this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 425 Points Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/21/2014 2:37:00 PM)

    Hello Colleen. I reviewed this already, but the reviews were deleted. I enjoyed this and most of us have dreaded what the mirror knows, great piece! Loyd (Report) Reply

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