That simple question of "Where are you sweet girl?" is heartbreaking. I think so many things, so many traumas, can change us in life. It can seem impossible to find our way back to that open air, that light, where we are more sure of our footing. Where we feel a spark and curiosity for life again. Depression and mental illness too make it seem like there is no hope or way forward, even if we're fighting and trying to cope, but others can't see it. This really resonated with me, especially thinking back to certain years as a teenager, back when I was playful and carefree, and how years later, it was like I became a different person. I didn't even realize at the time it was depression.
There's that yearning to go back to feeling like anything is possible, but perhaps knowing what we went through and continuing on is even more profound. Emotional piece.
I love that poetry can be interpreted in so many different ways but sometimes people understand exact what you meant and felt when you wrote it. You hit the nail on the head and understood exactly the message I was trying to convey. I too went through a lot of trauma and struggled with depression and mental illness as a teenager, and that yearning to a time before when things were so much simpler and happier is always there. But I do agree that our growth and perseverance is everything and we only grow stronger. Thank you for your feedback and personal insight!