Have You Ever Felt...

Have You Ever Felt...

A Poem by Jennie Baron

Have you ever felt

On the edge of life but not quite part of it?

Like happiness is at your fingertips

But just beyond your grasp?


Have you ever felt

That you were looking in

From a cold night

Through a lighted window

At a warm room

Where smiling people

Share a meal and a drink,

Music and affectionate companionship?

That maybe you could go inside,

Be a part of it,

If only you had the courage

To ring the damn doorbell?


Have you ever felt like a child

In a world full of grownups

All beautiful and accomplished,

Intelligent and articulate?

That anything you have to say

Is so elementary to them?

That to them inevitably

You are only a child?


An orphaned child

Who never has and never will know

The love and warmth of family?

Have you wondered how much

You’ll ever truly matter to another?

How much you can accomplish in life?


If you understand what I say,

You know how easy it is to despair.

You learn to function despite those demons

You and I share.

You keep a stiff upper lip.

You carry on, but they’re always there.

The darkness resurfaces now and then

And you don’t even know why.

I wish I could meet and talk with you

And together we could keep them at bay.


If you don’t understand,

And I hope you never do,

Sympathize and be kind because

You never know what lies

Deep beneath the surface

Of those you encounter on any ordinary day.

© 2014 Jennie Baron

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Such a "humanitarian" write!

Thought provoking stuff, it is that speaks the heart very well. You envision the shades, the moments, the scenario & the perspectives of vast world to your very eyes & nicely so smoothly let it leap down in words form the walls - the corners of your creative head. Lovely. You show a very heartfelt through realistic scenario of world... in ... through words. Excellent job!

My fav. line:

If you understand what I say,
You know how easy it is to despair.

Ah... so much and many things you creatively say in such ... few evocative lines. If the world underestimates or ain't understand what's meant to be understood then it'll never understand what's made to be worth or valued: "Humanity". Brilliant!

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Becky Villareal

1 Year Ago

If this came easily, it's because it came straight from your heart. Write on!
Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much, Becky! It was good to meet you at the writers' group and a pleasant surprise to .. read more
Becky Villareal

1 Year Ago

It was nice to meet you too. I will be posting things here as well. Take care.

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This speaks a lot about the marginalized lives. After reading this piece I sat silent for quite a while .

Posted 3 Months Ago

Jennie Baron

3 Months Ago

That's quite a testimony! I'm honored at your words. Thanks so much for reading.
its like this poem was written for me
this was beuatiful. i didnt even feel like i was reading it but as if the words you wrote were speaking to me.
on a spiritual level.
this was amazing.

Posted 3 Months Ago

Jennie Baron

3 Months Ago

You are too kind! Your beautiful review is much appreciated.
Sensitive and thought provoking writing that tells it how it so often is-a great humanitarian sort of right with, for me, the concluding three lines being particularly meaningful

Posted 6 Months Ago

Jennie Baron

6 Months Ago

Thank you, George, for reading and reviewing. I'm happy you found it meaningful.
George Coombs

6 Months Ago

You're welcome Jenny
This is one of the truest pieces I've ever read. There is so much relation between me and this piece. I realized that I've reviewed this piece already but I'm dong it again to signify how amazing and how touching this piece is. Great job again.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Jennie Baron

11 Months Ago

It's so rewarding to know when someone finds your writing "amazing" and "touching." My heartfelt th.. read more
Jennie baron,
The needy inner soul; we all have times of vulnerability. Our choices, circumstances, fatigue- and on and on..........we are complex, messy and downright wonderful! Love your poem!!! Blessings, Kathy

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

Your eloquent review is much appreciated, Kathy!
This feels very heartfelt...I do share some of those emotions...well done!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

My heartfelt thanks for your reading and review!
dear Jennie... Feelings are the footsteps to an
existence of warmth and love. I think of the
Movie, Home Alone... each one more charming.
I also especially love the movie, "Short Circuit" which
made me laugh constantly. Love your poem of
possibilities. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

I love your analogy to "Home Alone." I was feeling in a sad and isolated mood when I wrote this, bu.. read more
My God! Have you ever read a piece and felt like the poet was directly talking to you?
have you ever felt like the poet was slowly penetrating into your life and revealing every little thing about you, like you have been left with absolutely nothing to hide. this is how i felt after reading your poem. i am at work so you have no idea how i have been struggling to keep back the tears. Very wonderfully written, you provoke such raw emotion. Fantastic job

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

Thank you so very much. Isn't emotion what poetry's all about? I consider myself more a fiction wr.. read more
There's so much i agree with in and about your long, wandering, intense and beautiful poem. However many folk we might know or think are our friends, there's nothing more painful than suddenly realising you're alone surrounded by people. Yurning to someone, standing near someone, and not having the words to say 'I am..' or have the presence that nudges acknowledgement is isolation on two feet, in one heart...

You express such deep feelings, you touch emotions with extraordinary empathy; your language strokes the screen, you know how to write - and write beautifully.

'.. Have you ever felt - That you were looking in - From a cold night - Through a lighted window - At a warm room .. .. .. ' :(

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

Oh, thanks so much! I haven't written poetry in a long time, having focused on fiction. It means a.. read more
Love this poem. And, yes those moments do creep in.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

You are too kind! I might be inspired to write some more poetry.
Candace Cloud

1 Year Ago

Please do. Your novel Share your dreams with me reminds me of poem. You are talented with your flow .. read more
Jennie Baron

1 Year Ago

Your message is so encouraging. Just what I needed!

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Jennie Baron
Jennie Baron

Dallas, TX

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