The Truth

The Truth

A Poem by Brian K. Walters

The Truth


She sits motionless, huddled in the corner of a doorway to nowhere.

Long gnarled strands of gray partially conceal her empty blue eyes.

She bothers not to raise her head at the sound of hurried footsteps.

For she knows they only scuffle by, never daring to stop at her feet.

As the cold autumn wind swirls violently within her three walls,

The hardened stone beneath her withered frame offers little comfort.


Spoiled teens mock her in vain as she converses with ghosts beside her.

But why shouldn’t she speak to memories when only they listen?

Occasionally hardened souls shake their heads to force her into shame.

Yet from within their hands they harness the power to restore her hope.

Time after time, everyone, every day, turn their backs to her in disgrace.

She can not help herself and they refuse to lift her up. So who is to blame?


She was once a mother, daughter, sister and wife,

Full of passion, life, laughter and undying faith

Are we ignorant enough to believe she was never one of us?

Why is it easier to think she was born in a box?

It is us who turn our heads, ashamed to look in her eyes.

For we suffer from the weight of our own conscience,… our shame.


Brian K. Walters


© 2008 Brian K. Walters

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You've been watching me.
Depression takes over the entire brain and body, leaving one alone in a crowd and helpless when they could be helpful. The memories still linger of a time when...but the depressed person can't go back and is unable to go forward-thus is trapped. I know-I have been there and am still trying to pull myself out of the box. It is terribly hard. Drugs aren't always the answer. Human compassion, laughter and friendship are the keys to success.

Posted 14 Years Ago

Ah...... Very, VERY well put. Most wouldn't take the time to look deep enough to see what you've seen through the eyes of the forgotten. Too busy, I guess.... Thats a real shame too, because so much can be learned, if we just paid closer attention.
Love the word choice. Love the meaning! Beautiful (of course!!) : )

I'm keeping this~

Posted 15 Years Ago

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Brian K. Walters
Brian K. Walters


I have always loved to write.I have been through a lot in my life yet I don't feel I should limit my writings to being just about me. Although some of my poems are about me and my own personal experie.. more..