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Poetry- How will the pages be turned?

Updated on January 21, 2012

It doesn't matter the moment or the weather of the day

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Silent and Still


She sinks into her chair-

By the window with gold glistening in her long brown hair.


She reads and she dreams,

She stays silent and still,

As the words in her books make her feel real.


She can sing-she can fly, she is innocent, she feels alive.

It doesn’t matter the moment, or the weather of the day-

She can sit by the window and let the words take her far away.


As the day turns to dusk and she realizes the time-

She feels the stories she read and she escapes from her truths and her lies.


Time to play pretend as her world must be let in.

The reality of her choices-the truth that she hates,

The seemingly unpredictable knowledge,

That her books don’t reflect who she is today.


If I could escape to a story in time,

Would I write the words or would the words control my life?


If I wrote a story of a woman I thought I once was,

Would the story fill the pages and how would the pages be turned?


She sits by the window as darkness fills the air,

She reads through her tears and the hopes she hasn’t found here.

These are just words-come back to this world,

She closes her book and is left with a life that has been misunderstood.


It isn’t about me,

Or how I don’t try.

It is about the truth of how she is, and how she gets away with her lies.


A secret left to cover, one never to be told,

She is starving for the answers to the questions that won’t ever make her feel full.

If I could see past the darkness- the horror of my demise,

I wouldn’t be starving for these words to change the reality of my misunderstood life.


They are only words-no answers in what is confused,

This is the story of a life that has taken too much abuse.


And so her story begins in the pages of a book,

She reads by the window and creates a world she doesn’t know.


No kiss on a cheek,

Or weakness in love stricken trembling knees.

Just the voices she hears,

From the words of a page.

In a book she is writing to remember,

That she once had her own name.


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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      jhamann, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting on my poem- I appreciate the feedback! I feel like that too-when things get hard, and I am confused, I tend to sink into a story that is not my own- it is the cheapest form of therapy... i am getting better though, about facing life than hiding from it.

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      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      born2care2001- thanks for the comment and the high rate ups, I appreciate the feedback. :) Thanks for reading!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks for the comment Naomi's Banner- I appreciate the feedback and you taking the time to read my work

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      sofs, thanks for the support, I too am glad that you were able to stumble upon this hub, makes the writing worth while. Even though I write for, myself, it is often somewhat therapeutic to know that it was relate-able to just a few and understood by readers that are also writers. So thank you...

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you Janiek13, but not so sure I can respond with any intelligence to that one :) But thanks for the read and for commenting :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      GMa Johnson- Thank you for your comment- I love when readers pick out the lines which stood out to them, it makes me feel good that the message and the words meant something to someone other than myself!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      As always Cagsil- It is great to read your comment, and I am glad that you enjoyed what you read.

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      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      writer20, thanks for the rate up! As always, very much appreciated!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Eiddwen, I have been so swamped at work- I had not yet been able to respond to all the supportive comments on this hub (I HATE THAT), but I do truly appreciate you taking the time to comment, and I am glad that you enjoyed the message :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you Deborah! I am glad- well, not glad that you could relate, but glad that you found the hub and poem to be relate able! I appreciate your feedback and thanks again for another comment :)

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      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cyndi10- Thanks for much for the comment- I think that we all have our own ways of escaping reality, which is fine, we all need to from time to time. The problem is when we can not make our way back to our lives to actually live. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the feedback :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Sometimes I feel like I have lived most of my life in the books that I have read, then I realize that I was living my own tale with it's own plot twists. Jamie

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you for commenting on the hub- I am so sorry that I did not respond earlier- work is killing me :) I use to get lost in my books, then I would dream and there have been a few times that I couldnt remember is a memory was a dream or reality... it is easy to escape to someone elses world- far easier than fixing what is wrong within ours.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      You've got it down H.C.

      And I voted up, straight across and hot. You say hot's not on here? Dang, it should be!!!

      Well done!

      Bruce

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      Naomi's Banner 

      6 years ago

      Interesting ending. Beautiful words!

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      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      This is amazing writing! The self-awareness is deep and stunning. The questions that we raise about our purpose in life are the real truths that guide us if we heed the voice. I am glad I came across this in the feed!

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      Mary Krenz 

      6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      speechless

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      "And so her story begins in the pages of a book,

      She reads by the window and creates a world she doesn’t know".

      Like this very much. and the video was great...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Cagsil 

      6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Holly, this is one terrific piece of writing. At one point in my life I could really relate to it. I remember that time in my life so I can still relate to it, but I no longer live my life as confused as I once was. :) Always, a pleasure to read you. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      wonderful poem, I think we can all relate to it.Voted up and beautiful.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      I can also relate to this brilliant hub;great work and here's to so many more to share on ere.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is so deep and sad and beautiful.. I can relate boy can I relate. and I really love the video. Books stories take us away. don't they?.. and our secrets oh our secrets.

      Love your poem..

      I voted way up

      Debbie

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Books and reading are like therapy sometimes, but as your poem so eloquently points out, books can be escapism when you don't want to face what is happening around you. That can be dangerous. I enjoyed reading your poem. The pictures are really nice, too. I think I saw that same moon the other night. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      tarajeyaram 

      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Very nice poem. I really enjoyed reading it.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from USA

      Sometimes when life feels harsh, it is simply easier to bury oneself in a book. Beautiful poem! I felt as if I were the woman in the poem. (Mostly because I enjoy reading so much.)

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