Dusty Rose

by Lioness   Apr 30, 2012


Even in my childhood
days where kids would
play under the sunlit
heavens, I always
managed to feel
alone even though
I tried so hard not to.

I can almost taste the library
books where I used to drown
in the words to survive. The
pages were my friend
and their smell still lingers
like a dusty rose.

The deeper I focused
on the reading, the harder
it was to notice their
stares.

I confessed to my mother
that I despised school
because the kids treated
me like I was invisible,
so I began to believe
it myself.

I guess she didn't know
how to handle my tears
or my heart, though with
six kids beneath her wings,
I don't fully blame her.

I just wished she'd listened.

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  • 5 years ago

    by Amreen

    Such a sad and gloomy piece and it speaks volumes about abandoned children... I also felt as if you were reading my heart and it reflected through your words... I related so much with this... I must say you spoke so much through this and it has a very deep meaning... Just anyone would feel that being lonely is just so normal but only those who go through it know the pain and numbness at times....

    Even in my childhood
    days where kids would
    play under the sunlit
    heavens, I always
    managed to feel
    alone even though
    I tried so hard not to.

    ^^

    This feeling is so difficult to live.. I mean you are trying so much,yet you are trapped in loneliness and that is worst... I liked the beginning to the poem.

    I can almost taste the library
    books where I used to drown
    in the words to survive. The
    pages were my friend
    and their smell still lingers
    like a dusty rose.

    ^^

    you actually created an imagery out here as to how the author was living life with what pleased her and being descriptive here did a lot for your poem...

    The deeper I focused
    on the reading, the harder
    it was to notice their
    stares.

    I confessed to my mother
    that I despised school
    because the kids treated
    me like I was invisible,
    so I began to believe
    it myself.

    ^^

    the most disgusting feeling... I have been through this and I really do understand what the author must have been through by going through this....:'(

    I guess she didn't know
    how to handle my tears
    or my heart, though with
    six kids beneath her wings,
    I don't fully blame her.

    I just wished she'd listened.

    ^^

    I too wished.....!!!

    That one liner was the best conclusion to this write... It just made this piece brilliant!!!

    Awesome:)

  • 5 years ago

    by Blissful

    This was so heartfelt and beautiful! I am sure all can relate to feeling invisible at least once in their lives and it is never pretty. You did a great job of describing that loneliness here and how it impacted you. I liked how instead of saying she had 6 kids you made it more creative by saying, "six kids beneath her wings." That was wonderful! I like that you left the last line by instead because it leaves the reader with a lasting impact and left me wondering what would have happened if she had listened...how would things be different? Nicely done!

  • 5 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    This poem made me fall on the floor...When I read this poem; it made my heart sink... I absolutely adore the author's special elegance within her poetry...and this piece is outstanding... The title fits perfectly... "dusty" tells me it's a part of her past, "dusty books"...and rose resembles her heart felt childhood emotions, that still are a part of her and always will be a part of her... My interpretation of this title, it sums up the poem to a tee in my opinion. Each stanza tells me the feelings of loneliness, the pain felt at school, how much the books and library meant to her and just that gut wrenching pain....the ending is what really got me.... The author understood her mother's reasons, but at the end when she writes " I just wished she'd listened"...smacked me hard.... Children just want to be herd, and listened too.... Touching write and a poem that I know will touch everyone, young and old.... Powerful poem, well Done Lioness

  • 5 years ago

    by nourayasmine

    Here again with the same broken heart I had when first read this...... </3

  • 5 years ago

    by Mom Pike

    This is beautiful and one of my favorites by you.