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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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      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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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Well written!

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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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      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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      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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      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 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

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

      God bless

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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

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

      I appreciate your encouragement.

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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 Monis Mas

      I´m happy that it appealed to you.

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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 Mhatteroo,

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

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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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      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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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

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

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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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      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

      Hi Vickiw......

      Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

      Thank you for your lovely 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

      Thank you farmloft.

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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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

      Hello Karen Hellier,

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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