With Opened Eyes

October 15, 2009
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She holds the butterfly in her hands.
She has a smile planted on her face.
She begins to touch its wings
Just to have it fly away.
Her heart sinks to the ground
Because she knows that she can never have
The one beauty she sees in her world
And that second chance.

Oh little girl,
I know they tell you “it will be alright,”
That is the truth
But it feels like a lie.

I’m not going to tell you to “believe;”
That word has been used so many times
That it has lost all meaning.
Oh little girl,
I am not going to tell you to face the sun;
I know that’s what you’ve been trying to do all along.

But as you cry,
I want you to
Stand up and
Open your eyes.

We all struggle with this life,
In this world.
And all our efforts seem so pointless
That we break our fragile hope.

Little girl, I’m not going to tell you to hope
Because that is the one other thing
That you have to do on your own.

We struggle for acceptance in this society.
Now it's all about face.
But there is so much more to life,
yet we let it slip by us day by day.

I have faith in you.

Tears streaking down,
Smile in her heart,
She has never felt so alive
When she is falling apart.

Within the world,
Under the sky,
She stands in the shadow
But she opens her eyes.

She holds the butterfly in her hands.
She has a smile planted on her face
She lets it go and watches
It fly away.

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Jack_Walton said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 5:52 am
I wish I could write poems like this. I love the message to it. Very sad, but the truth needs to be said.
TheWrittenHeart replied...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm
You COULD, Jack!
Fredwardness said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm
new favorite!
TheWrittenHeart replied...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 6:58 pm
Really?! Thanks Freddi.
CaseyLeigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm
I love the meaning behind this poem. :]
TheWrittenHeart replied...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm
That's good. Thanks.
writerscramp said...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm
ME GUSTA MUCHA! i like it alot! I love it! i promised to read your work, and here i am. i posted a reply to your forum thingy,
and i can totally see you having work published in the mag! keep up the good work!
TheWrittenHeart replied...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm
GRACIAS! Aw, thanks. You made my day. Thanks for commenting and reading my work. Yay, more just got posted! But I am not expecting you to read them; I just am already honored that you read this one and commented. Thank you again! Oh and I will always remember you being the first person to comment on any of my poems. :)
Jatavion replied...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm
hey. i decided to read your work cause you were so nice to me earlier so yeah. this is so good. i loved how you wrote it in such a manner that it can apply to many different things :) great job!
Hello(happyface) replied...
Dec. 17, 2009 at 9:04 pm
Very cool poem :D It has such an openness to it you can really apply your own life to it in so many aspects, I luv it :)
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