Tracy Craighead


I Am Still Here - Poem by Tracy Craighead

When your mother is a stranger and your brother is gone
your life has changed and envelopes no one
You are still here

You wonder why it has come to this
but you seek
comfort in silence and find solace in bliss
You want to scream
because no one can hear
They are blind to the noise
and silenced by fear
but you are still here

you have become a mere shadow of yourself
beaten down, crying alone
no one hears the words, noise in the background
oblivious to the the hollow groan
but you are still here

present in the beauty and in the pain
longing for that which will
never come again
anger is easier than sorrow
a heart of steel
gets me through tomorrow
SO I am still here

If things were different
and evil men gone
if they listened to their heart
shutting out everyone
If only, if only,
If I had only one prayer
you would open your eyes
you would see me

I am still here

Topic(s) of this poem: anger, evil, love and art, love and life, pain, parents, relationships, resilience, sadness

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have lost a connection with my mother and father and other family members. I really miss my mother but I am so hurt. It's complicated, but money and fear can sometimes make a parent turn away. I could never let any fear distance me from my children, so I am confused, angry and sad. Sometimes you really want someone to be stronger than they are or more loving, but it is beyond my control. Unfinished, and empty.

Comments about I Am Still Here by Tracy Craighead

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/14/2015 12:06:00 AM)


    So sorry for you Tracy. But you can ride through the rough time. Best wishes. Like this poem very much. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 6, 2015



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