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The Girl Behind The Window

Updated on September 18, 2017
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat who is living in Germany. She is not only passionate about traveling and baking but also an emotional poet.

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A skinny little girl about nine or ten

Playing while sitting in her tent

Of a white blanket she had made

For her sister and herself.



Suddenly whispers came to her ears

Of a man and a woman downstairs.



My dear you don´t have to cry

The skies will be bright

When you walk along the aisle

With the man you denied.



But it was only a joke when I said yes

To the man I was dancing

To visit my parents

To settle the wedding.



I know it was a joke

Now I have to puke

The promise you have broke

Til death do us part

Now we have to part.



But my love cancel I will do

For the wedding is tomorrow

You don´t have to go

You don´t have to go.



Sorry I have to go

Our fate you know

Remember I love you

Where ever you go.



The skinny little girl

Still hiding behind the window grill

Felt the heartbreaking

Heard the controlled sobbing

Of the two loving people swearing

Near to the place of the confused

skinny little girl.



The morrow had come

The sad bride in white

With moistened face not bright

While walking with her chief

To the altar of grief.



The church bells rung

The bride´s heart felt wrong

The groom rejoiced

Of the wedding he longed

Never he had noticed

The pain that he had caused.



Many months had passed

The skinny little girl forgot the past

Of the heartbreaking

And controlled sobbing

Of the lovebirds swearing

Eternal loving.



One day skinny little girls´ mother

Was crying

Of the news that was horrifying

All relatives were crying

Of the news that was terrifying.



The wife was found dead

With her white wedding dress

Laying in bed

With a bright and happy face.



Skinny little girl did not understand

About the things that happened

But now as she aged

She sometimes heard

The voices of the lovebirds

Mourning about their fate.


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If you were the arranged bride, do you marry the unloved man? Do you have the courage to cancel the wedding?

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago

      tragic yet beautiful!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Thank you IndependentMind. I appreciate your comment. Have a lovely week!

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      IndependentMind 3 years ago

      A great poem. Tragic and sad, but beautifully told. I enjoyed it very much.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you DDE. That was a disturbing experienced for me as a child. Have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Girl Behind The Window a wonderfully thought of hub and so much to think about here.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Mark Bronze. Have a great day!

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      Mark Bronze 4 years ago

      Nice work, very enjoyable!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you CarlySullens for your wonderful comment. When I think of it sometimes, I felt I was still that little girl who was behind the window. Thanks for following me as well. Have a nice day!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This is such a powerful and vivid memory. You put the story so well together, I felt like I was watching it like a movie. Beautiful.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you livingsta. I appreciate your stopping by and for sharing this hub to others. Have a great week.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful words put together, so many thoughts and incidents running through my mind as I read this. Voted up and sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you rajan jolly. Have a great week;-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and sad at the same time. Awesome poem. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yes, we live our childhood for a short period in our life. To think about how it was, brings back the wonderful childhood that I had besides being a witness of the two sad love birds behind the window of our house. Thanks for stopping by, Vinaya. Your comment is highly appreciated.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Though we live our childhood for a short period, the childhood days have tremendous impact in our life. I loved your poetry narration.

      The poem and the pictures both are very beautiful.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      You are right Dolores. Children have a different view about everything in this world compared to us adults. I like the way you comment. Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Gosh, such a dark, disturbing, yet beautiful poem. Excellent work. And I love the video. Loved that movie and book. I used to play Love Story on piano. I listen to the LP (yes, vinyl record!) sometimes! shared!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      So often we just don't pay attention to how children view the world and their understanding of situations. And sometimes, as adults, we still find that confused child within ourselves.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yes, it was a very difficult experienced for me as it haunted me for many years. It was like a puzzle to me, remembering everything even though I was still a small child and did not know what was going on until I was in my college time.

      Thank you Judge Deborah for you understand that the girl was me. Thank you as well for your good comment. It is very well appreciated. Have a good week to come.

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      Isabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers, Florida

      Thelma, I can imagine that this must have been a very difficult experience for you. I find that childhood memories of things we did not understand but that shook or impacted us tend to remain unresolved in us and normally forever feel like they just happened and need resolving. I am sorry that you had to go through this and indeed I feel so sad for the poor bridegroom who had to kill herself. I hope someone can find comfort in knowing that these things happen to many people and there is always another opportunity or other things after the disappointment. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you tammyswallow for your great comment and for your Sharing.It is highly appreciated.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great poem with deep messages for women all around the world. Very interesting! Sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Darknlovely3436 for reading my sad poem and you are welcome. Have a nice day.

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      profound, write, thank you for sharing your photo and poem with us, and also thank you for the feedback on my piece

      onelove DL

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Gina Lucky for visiting my article and giving a comment. Come again soon. Have a nice day or night.

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      Gina Lucky 6 years ago

      Thanks, friend, for sharing your experience and information! Most interesting read!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi penlady. Yes, it is very touching to the soul. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hello Movie Master. Yes, it is very sad and tragic but I think the woman had nowhere to go and no way out except death. There´s no divorce in the Philippines and at that time (ca. 40 years ago) the Filipinos very conservative compared to this present time. Thanks for stopping by.

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      penlady 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is a lovely poem. Very tocuhing to the soul.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is so very sad and tragic, yet beautifully written thank you for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you ExoticHippieQueen. Yes, it is a very sad story and it is true. I just have to write a poem about it as it is very disturbing in my mind. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      A very sad yet beautiful tale, Thelma. I really liked the line "While walking with her chief to the alter of grief". That was really perfect. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Jayve! I am glad you like it. I´m sorry about your relative. She is in peace now. Thanks for reading my article and I wish you will visit me again.

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      jayve 6 years ago

      wonderful poem..i remember someone from my relatives. but i really don't know the exact details only the summarization..:-)

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Oh, you have commented twice. It´s ok. I´m sorry to hear that. It must be very terrible to be forced to marry to a man you don´t love. Thanks God you did not harm yourself. The bride on this poem committed suicide. It was horrible for the relatives and the guilt that was left behind. Thanks for your comment.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem love it.

      It reminded me about my first trip down the aisle at 18 I felt exactly the same as her, I wanted to turn and run but my brother yanked me down the aisle. I did forgive him for doing that years later.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem love it.

      It reminded me about my first trip down the aisle at 18 I felt exactly the same as her, I wanted to turn and run but my brother yanked me down the aisle. I did forgive him for doing that years later.