Flightless Bird


Why did I not before see your tears?

Why did you never tell me your fears?

For now it is conceivably far too late

To undo this terrifying curse of fate


Thinner and thinner you have become

To this addiction you have succumbed

Repeating time after time “I’m okay”

Though standing there you start to sway


Collapsed there before my own eyes

Now time has revealed all of your lies

Scared to death as I watch you lie still

The warm air suddenly biting and chill


I want to help but I’m unable to move

Searching for mind that this has removed

Your face so pale, your breathing so slow

Devoid of the soul I saw so long ago


Your eyelashes flicker, you come back to life

And for a just minute I forget all of my strife

Until I realize the sorrow you’ve held within

The sorrow that’s made you become so thin


You say you’re sorry; you’ll not repeat

The endeavor you’ve taken to never eat

Without three meals you’ll not go a day

You promise now that you’ll be always okay


I hope you will always keep this pledge

To step away from your death’s rocky edge

And I hope you will be true to your word

To never again be limited to this flightless bird


  • Author: Emi (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: May 19th, 2011 18:13
  • Comment from author about the poem: Today I realized that one of my best friends is anorexic... It scared me so much, and she promised she would start eating more, but I know it's not that easy, so I'm so worried about her...
  • Category: Sad
  • Views: 43
  • User favorite of this poem: Anna.
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  • Alexandre Landsley

    That's a good one keep writing!!

    • Emi

      Thank you. 🙂

    • broken_dreams23

      awwww! I hope your friend is ok!
      Great job though 🙂

      • Emi

        Thank you (for both comments). 🙂

      • Hribhu Dey


        • Emi

          Thank you so much. 🙂

        • Anna

          Your poem is amazing, and I`m really sorry about your friend 🙁 I`m hope that she`s alright now. I`ll pray for her if she still isn`t. I`l ask God to grant her a speedy recovery!

          • Emi

            Thank you so much for your concern. 🙂 She seems to be getting better quickly, so I'm thankful. 🙂

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