What You Were

What You Were

Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

 

A poem in which an emotion is personalized. Hope you get what it is before I mention it, cos this is what that emotion feels like for me:

 

I never wondered about you enough

To describe what you felt like in a word

When I tried to tell them about you

After you had gone and left me here

All that came out were soundless tears.

 

You didn’t surprise me or make my heart

Dance with my hands in the air, in ecstasy

You just made me feel like you belonged in me,

That I had been born to feel this way everyday

To always have a smile singing inside me.

 

I couldn’t find words that matched

Nor descriptions deserving enough

For once, books utterly failed me

But I could hear your when I was alone

When words lost their voices and gained meaning.

 

You were there when I felt the dew

At dawn on my bare, trembling feet 

In the lonely tree which gazed above

When I was stuck in a traffic jam

In the sky when it was blank,

That hour where the stars had disappeared

And the sun was yet to wake up.

 

Now that you’ve gone,

They are all silent

They gaze at me 

Like I have betrayed them.

 

And then, I realized what you were,

That there was a word which trapped you.

You were Happiness. 

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