If Only


Yearning for the simple joys that were missed; 
secluded by depression and anxiety. 
Boundless pleasures eluding each grasp; 
with growing concern of ridicule.  

Singing out loud to a favorite song; 
voice resonating inside the house. 
Dancing to the rhythm of the pounding beat 
as it vibrates the core of emotion.

The wind flutters around like butterfly kisses, 
the heat from the sun caressing one cheek. 
As he thoroughly sniffs every blade of grass 
walking the dog is most enjoyable.

Judgmental glances behind the window; 
probing each private thought. 
The hidden reality will be exposed 
by opening that sealed door.

If closely peering, it will be seen 
the heartache and rage coursing within.
The shame glowing like an aura 
that is hard to miss.

Praying to God to find inner peace 
from this loneliness that is unbearable, 
sadness seeping from tired eyes 
each morning that they open.

Silent words are spoken 
through the eyes desolation shouts.

  • Author: Judy C (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 11th, 2016 10:14
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 25



    A very poignant poem Judy ~ thanks for sharing. I love the structure ~ Rhythmic "free verse" quatrains with a final doublet which sums up the "if only longings" in the poem. "Silent words are spoken ~ through the eyes desolation shouts" ~ awesome ! Yearning ~ singing ~ dancing ~ caressed by the Sun ~ your dog your only faithful companion. Probing ~ opening ~ peering ~ glowing shame ~ praying ~ sadness seeping from tired eyes ! It is all so so sad ~ I'm crying now ! Thanks BRIAN ~ Please check my poems ~ Thanks B

    • Night_Owl

      Thank You!! will definitely check your poems...

    • caroline-o

      This was very beautifully written. 🙂

      • Night_Owl

        Thank You! 🙂

      • Augustus

        Your poem was full of imagery and powerful. No ridicule here, only admiration.

        • Night_Owl

          Thank You! 🙂

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