Although this poem is simplistic its also deep and very thought provoking. I related to it well, it took me to a place I havent been in a long time...its beautifully written, sad yet conveying a sense of hope at the same time...it feels a like there should be more to it though Angela...like I was hanging on for more...besides that another great write from you :o)
Wow, this piece is so touching. I can relate to it. You wrote it greatly, every stanza has heartbreaking imagery and excellently described emotions. Whole piece has stunning atmosphere yet it's filled with sadness.
My favorite stanza is:
-a beautiful aura
radiates from within
others drawn to her
for the comfort she emits
This is a poem that kind of describes how I feel a lot. It shows the bravery of the mask which this character has put on for other people's benefit. This can work for a while, it often does, but eventually it comes down and you can't keep it up any longer.
It is true when you see the quotes about people who smile and care for others are often hiding the darkest pain in their eyes.
your title is so touching itself - and makes this poem even sadder, it build up so much empathy and makes the reader really connect to the character and want to comfort them.
I think the last stanza is a very powerful way to end, with he shield of protection so she cannot be hurt, yet she hints at the past pain she still has in her soul which has not healed. This makes me wonder what she has been through, what she is hiding, and how she can begin to let some of it go, in order to heal.