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Les Miserables | A Poem

Updated on June 1, 2015

Back then in my past

When love was a fact,

And not a shattered illusion of dreams,

I could have believed the world's

What it seems.

Now you wave your

Bold banner of truth

In my eyes,

With your heel,

Grind out love

Along with the lies.

So now I'll be gone,

Not trouble you here;

When I've stepped to beyond,

Save your false, lonely tear.

Just plant a red rose

In my stiffened hand,

But mark not the spot.

Just leave the blood rose

To wither alone

Like the love

That was not.


© 5-27-90; C.E. Carl 
© 5-30-15; C.E. Carl Elias

The Background

It was around the time when my ex-husband and I were having difficulties which were rapidly heading toward divorce, that I went with friends to see the stage play, "Les Miserables." One of the characters and songs struck a chord that resonated with my own situation, and this poem was the result.

Twenty five years have passed since this poem was written; the old pain is gone, buried in the past, and I have allowed this one to come out of its former hiding place in my private journal.

It is one of the very rare instances of a poem penned by me that rhymes. I cannot usually manage that successfully on purpose. This one, as many (if not most) of my poems do, sprang to life on the paper of its own volition, leaving me barely time to scribble it down before the pen forgot the words.

© 2015 Liz Elias


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  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Lee!

    I'm delighted you liked this poem so well. Many thanks for your kind words!

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    Lee Cloak 

    4 years ago

    Seriously dramatic opening few lines, a great piece of writing, very well done, absolutely packed full of emotion, thanks for sharing, Lee

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you, Kevin!

    Yes, I got over him, and found my true soulmate. Thanks much for stopping by.

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    The Examiner-1 

    4 years ago

    I am sorry for your past but glad that you have gotten over it.


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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ RobinGrosswirth23 - Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment!

    @ drbj - Yes, I, too, am happy to be well beyond that place. Most of my dark poems stemmed from the days with my ex, and dealing with my kids as teenagers. Wonder why? LOL Thanks much for the visit and comment.

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    drbj and sherry 

    4 years ago from south Florida

    Somewhat dark? Perhaps, MsLizzy, but creative and touching for sure. Happy you are beyond that place.

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    Robin Grosswirth 

    4 years ago from New York

    Obviously you bled out, not a wonderful tone to end on. At least there were no outside forces creating the devolution. That it happened organically and you had risen to freedom is a good thing.


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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you so very much, Mary! I'm delighted you liked this poem. Many thanks for the votes!

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    Mary Craig 

    4 years ago from New York

    Emotion is so evident here. Pain left behind. Beautiful.

    Voted up and beautiful.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ Venkatachari M - Thank you so very much for the vote. I'm happy you liked this poem. Much appreciated.

    @ Twilight Lawns - Hello, Ian--Yes, those coffee lounges with poetry readings have become far too scarce in my part of the country; or maybe in any country these days! I'm delighted to have touched a chord with you; indeed, to have struck a note with so many. Thank you for your enchanting comment.

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    Twilight Lawns 

    4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

    MsLizzy, I would love to sit in a quiet coffee lounge - perhaps one of those with a book shop attached, and listen to you talk; exchange ideas and poetic thoughts with you; enjoy laughter with you.

    I feel as if I have looked into your soul when I read your poems; I see my sadness reflected there; I see my love of colour and touch mirrored there.

    With great respect


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    Venkatachari M 

    4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

    A beautiful poem with painful emotions. Voted up.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ bravewarrior - I'm glad you liked the poem, though I'm sorry you apparently had to go through a similar experience. I hope all is well with you now.

    @ billybuc - Thank you very much. This was indeed very raw emotion when it was written. I'm most pleased you liked it so well.

    @MsDora - Many thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I'm glad you liked the piece.

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    Dora Weithers 

    4 years ago from The Caribbean

    Beautiful lines even if the love "was not." Thanks for sharing.

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Raw emotion....dark favorite kind of writing. Well done, Lizzy!

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    4 years ago from Central Florida

    Beautiful poem, Lizzy. I can relate to the sentiment all too well!

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    Kristen Howe 

    4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Lizzy, my pleasure. It was filled with drama and emotion in this poem.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Kristen!

    Thank you so very much for the votes! I'm pleased you liked this somewhat dark poem.

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    Kristen Howe 

    4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Beautiful poem, Lizzy. I give it two thumbs for voted up for beautiful!


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