Now She Can Cry

Now She Can Cry

A Poem by Chloe..Across the Universe

Thanksgiving come and gone
no one else seemed to notice the empty chair
she was tempted to put a place setting there
but she didn't

And when she felt the tears welling
within her weary blue eyes
she bit her tongue

Gifts bought, wrapped placed beneath
the tree
those Christmas lights seemed to mock her
those that burned brightly but suddenly faded
just like...

She wanted to smash that tree
stomp those gifts. rip those twinkling lights
from those branches
scream at the top of her lungs
but she didn't

And when she felt those tears welt
she squeezed her eyes so tightly closed
everything stayed black for a moment when she opened them -
bit her tongue till she tasted blood -

Fireworks, champagne, a toast to the old
a toast to the new
smiling faces, kisses all around

She wanted to, could have dampened those fireworks
salted the champagne with her pent up tears
tore those kisses from lips with her nails
but she didn't

New Years Day -
Christmas turkey gone
only a carcass
one lone piece of soggy pumpkin pie
tree down
people resting

She sits in the bedroom that smells so familiar
still after all this time
from the velvet box,
takes out the lock of hair

Touches gently
smells, feels, holds to her heart
memories wash over her weary body

She lays her head on the pillow
where she last lay
tears flow like rapids
unsung screams burn her throat
tears soak the pillow

Now ...she can cry

© 2011 Chloe..Across the Universe

Author's Note

Chloe..Across the Universe
First holidays without loved ones .....
I wish you all a Happy New Year , will be around in awhile to read ...

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OH this was so sad. I so remember a time when I too felt like this. many a time went by while I sat by myself within a crowd and felt so alone. tears fell when the darkness came, and this described exactly what it felt like.. Your imagery was perfection, your words became mine.. Bravo!

Mags xx

Posted 7 Years Ago

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This is a strange world, but this alien looks like a human to me :)

Posted 3 Years Ago

I loved the poem Chloe; I could feel the Christmas lights fading and the desire to kick and stomp gifts or set the table for someone who used to be there and I could feel the loneliness and the sadness. thank you so much Chloe...Art.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Up is hard to find after reading this. perfect picture of poker face maintenance,and the freedom of being alone to weep. We are still together hangin' in there. You've made me thankful for that with this,keep holdin' on girl.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Just came by to see if you had posted anything new and comment on some of the beautiful writes I hadn't had a chance to comment on yet. This work was so aching that it took my breath away and yet so full of love it could not be denied. For me its been ten years since the loss of my fiancee ..and secretly i have a tshirt that still smells like him. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Goo structure and great meaning and created a nice feeling. Very well done

Posted 4 Years Ago

Great write ;) .... I enjoyed this piece :)

Posted 4 Years Ago

I've lived this. You put the pain of loss to paper well.

Posted 4 Years Ago

The crumbling of the walls we build around our hearts has been so well established here....kudos to you

Posted 4 Years Ago

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You conveyed loss and how it is made greater by a special event or time of year. Lump in my throat well done Chloe great writing indeed!

Posted 4 Years Ago

How one has to hide what one feels during festivities... especially the november - january part of the year. I really like this and can identify with these feelings.
"She lays her head on the pillow
where she last lay
tears flow like rapids
unsung screams burn her throat
tears soak the pillow

Now ...she can cry"

Great ending... now, she can be. :)

Posted 4 Years Ago

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Chloe..Across the Universe
Chloe..Across the Universe

Smalltown, USA, AR

Sometimes i feel like an alien in a strange land..can you relate? I love people and friends are just that to me , friends-if you request me as a friend it would be nice if you read something I have .. more..


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