Treasure Island

Francesca Rose

(19 December / Greymouth)

There Was A Girl


older than me
but young in life

there was a girl
with clear skin
and a beautiful scattering
of freckles,
like a picturesque scattering
of seeds
waiting to bloom
into flowers

there was a girl
who loved music
especially old folk tunes
that remind her of her childhood
and riding her motorbike
recklessly on her own

there was a girl
who had suffered
too much for her age
and yet she only trusted
a few
with the dark secrets
beneath her smile

there was a girl
different to the rest
not only in who she was
but also
the way
she made me feel

there was a girl
who changed
everything I thought I knew
about life
and who I was

there was a girl
who blessed me
with kisses and love
and company
in my single bed

there was a girl
who would hold me
comfort me
care for me
love me

there was a girl
I hurt
I abandoned
for shallow acceptance
from my peers

there was a girl
who was in pain
needed a friend
needed help

there was a girl
who found
her savior
in a bottle
of pills

and then suddenly
there wasn't
a girl
anymore.

Submitted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 19, 2013

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