Still There, She Is

Still There, She Is

She is
running on empty
across dirty back roads and fields of straw
across rolling meadows and sprawling farms
and barns softened by weather, falling
apart to pieces, splintered.
She had stopped to marvel in youth’s brief space
when the crop died, and the pasture dried

She is
sitting on a wooden bench
worn and sanded by fingers of time
She sits and watches dreams walk by
in the park
Years go by
Seasons turn, people come and go
like a fast forwarded movie
now sitting old

She is
still dreaming there
in the same spot
nothing changed
but the color of her hair

She is
alone, still
no one to hold her hand
when she finally gets up
to go home after fifty years
of sitting in one fixed spot

She is
still there, on sunny days, look for her
in the shadows of the trees
Her face, in children who play
Her laughter, in people who gather
Her tears, in the flowing creek
Still waiting for her lover to come,
she is.

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Submitting to d’Verse- Open Link Night 13— a fabulous online poetry community… hope to see you there. 🙂

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15 Responses to Still There, She Is

  1. brian says:

    oh this is sad for me…her continuing to wait for the one…there is something to be said of not settling but i wish would get up and dance and perhaps then the one would recognize her…

  2. claudia says:

    oh i’m feeling so sad for her…just waiting and watching the dreams walk by and then disappear around the corner…into another life..into nowhere…and only the color of hair changed..so sad..

  3. wayside word garden says:

    Brian and Claudia, now you’ve got me feeling really sad, too… I pulled this one out of my files… and it sure is a sad one. Next week, we’ll see what I can come up with, hopefully it’ll be more uplifting? 🙂 As always, thanks for stopping by– seeing your names and comments bring a smile to my face. 🙂 Smiles and cheers.

  4. So sad. The loneliness is brought out in vivid imagery.

  5. Heaven says:

    Indeed the image is a sad one… waiting for her lover to come.
    Nice refrain of “She is” from the start to the end.

    happy day~

  6. Pat Hatt says:

    Have to agree with everyone else, is quite sad, just wishing and hoping as the world goes around around her, never settle I say, but have to have some fun inbetween at least.

  7. Shawna says:

    I love how her insides are woven into her surroundings. Excellent section:

    “across rolling meadows and sprawling farms
    and barns softened by weather, falling
    apart to pieces, splintered.”

    I’ll be back for another read.

  8. Adura Ojo says:

    Yes it is quite sad, but beautiful imagery. “She sits and watches dreams walk by”…what an image…and the feeling too.

  9. hedgewitch says:

    Very evocative, a sense of intense loneliness, and the first descriptive stanzas are beautiful.

  10. super wonderful and I am glad that she is still there waiting but yet it is still sad that she is still there waiting
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/10/11/the-day-of-the-dead/#comment-1682

  11. I found this verse deeply moving in many ways. It reminds me of myself because I am alone a great deal, and reminds me of my Grandmother who lost her true love in the First World War. There’s a graciously tender thread throughout this, I just love it. Thank you for sharing.

  12. This is so intensely sad…….. life does that sometimes to some of us. Your poem brought this memory to mind of a song I used to listen to as a child, “Delta Dawn…what’s that flower you have on? Could it be a faded rose from years gone by? And did I hear you say, he was meeting you here today, to take you to his mansion in the sky?” Joy is right, this is very evocative and beautiful…… thank you for sharing it…….

  13. beautiful, you have found a way to make it real to us, which is fantastic.

    keep it up.

  14. C Rose says:

    A touching piece, the emotion a very felt sense in your words. ~ Rose

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