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Melancholy Milly (Has she EVER smiled?)

Updated on February 24, 2013

Melancholy Milly

Never cracked a smile.

A dour, pallid countenance

She kept all the while.


Eyes staring straight ahead,

Never looked from side to side,

Melancholy Milly,

Kept all herself inside.


Children thought she was a witch,

and followed her around,

Till she would frighten them to death,

Just by quickly turning around.


Eeek!! They┬┤d scream and run away,

Terrified of what came next,

But Melancholy Milly,

had no plans to hurt or even vex.


Her pallid face and staring eyes

were ingrained from time,

Her lonely life of solitude,

Suited her just fine.


The simple truth after all,

Was her life had been so bad,

that Melancholy Milly

Was only happy when she was sad.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello Karen Hellier,

    Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Interesting and thoughtful poem. And the picture goes with it perfectly!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you farmloft.

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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    farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

    I like the picture, too! Loneliness is a tough row to hoe.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Vickiw......

    Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

    Thank you for your lovely comment.

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    Hello Dim, I am amazed we have not met before. Very profound, with a touch of wondering sadness that someone could live in such a melancholy state for so long. Wonder what happened to her in life? Very interesting poem, from an obviously interesting person.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    I´m honoured dear Epi for a comment like that. You being such a master of verse of all kinds.

    I am so glad I met you too. You are one of my closest hubfriends.

    Love to the cats and hugs for you.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Cheers Eiddwen. A wonderful comment for which I thank you.

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Like a fable, a morality tale and put into your own special poetic mix which is partly narrative and partly a tribute to so many of us (including me at times) who get lost in life, give up and fall inbetween the cracks in society.

    This piece shows your beautiful caring heart once again and it's a heart inside of a lovely lady whom I am glad to have met in my lifetime.

    Sending you warm wishes and good thoughts from Tiffy, Gabriel and Mister C at lake erie time 2:55pm

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    The simple truth after all,

    Was her life had been so bad,

    that Melancholy Milly

    Was only happy when she was sad

    A brilliant poem Dim and it is surprising how many Milly's there are in this world.

    Thanks for sharing this gem.

    Eddy.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Mhatteroo,

    Peace? You say. I shall read it again myself.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Well done. Thank you. When I went back for a second reading I caught an interesting perspective. Peace.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Monis Mas

    I´m happy that it appealed to you.

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    Aga 4 years ago

    Well written, and different... Great, entertaining story!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

    I appreciate your encouragement.

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    europewalker 4 years ago

    Sad but beautiful. Well written, voted up and beautiful:)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear Angela..... I am so glad you found this short poem interesting.

    God bless

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi billybuc. Yrs I have known people too who are extremely happy when they have something to complain about.

    Melancholy Milly, though is a bit of a mystery. I still wonder if she is a witch. (Hee Hee)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Sarra Garrett,

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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Faith Reaper.

    I appreciate you commenting and sharing all over the place. Bless you.

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    Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

    Wow -- what a delightful and interesting poem. Congratulations to you on such an original and entertaining work. Best/Sis

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have actually known people like this, who were only happy when they were sad. It was like a cloak they wore with pride and I find that terribly sad. Well done, Dim!

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    Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

    Well written!

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Profound and sad, and beautifully written.

    Voted up ++++ and sharing and linking

    God bless, Faith Reaper

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