Down Among The Headstones

Down Among The Headstones

A Poem by Zoe Richardson
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When you realize you were not defeated. Not even close.

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I am a beggar I am a queen

I am all things in between

Watch me rise or watch me fall

You do not know me at all

 

I do not have my mother’s eyes

My brother’s gift for telling lies

I have my father’s certain truth

To banish all the whys of youth

 

The quick may think to judge me less

But I am not your paper princess

I stand alone to make my claim

Safe within my righteous name

 

I left your land that much is true

I began the day I buried you

It does not matter how we end

A southern girl will rise again

 

-Zoe Richardson 

© 2021 Zoe Richardson


Author's Note

Zoe Richardson
There is a certain power in knowing what did not kill you made you stronger.

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You are who you are. Be true to yourself, this poem tells me. It is a poem that speaks to me of strength. Of finding it and growing when the chips are down. We grow stronger where we break. Zoe you write great poetry. This is an accomplished piece in my opinion. All the best.

Chris

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

I am absolutely humbled by your words, and deeply appreciative. I want to write poetry that people c.. read more
Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

A pleasure reading you Zoe:)



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really like your closing lines .. especially "I left your land that much is true" .. reminds me of the words of Jesus Christ ".....let the dead bury the dead" Mt. 8:22. I am also reminded of how a burial goes in New Orleans when musicians play the dirge on the way and break into party jazz upon leaving .. all well and good but most carry that loss don't we? that being said ....... the journey we take finding ourselves and finding the courage to be ourselves can be daunting .. i like the chutzpah shown by your protagonist .. she's got grit :) thanks for sharing Zoe .. i enjoyed reading!
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

6 Months Ago

We do carry the loss. But it doesn't have to beat us down. I think that's the purpose in the dirge a.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

yes!! that is the purpose of the dirge and then rejoicing .. i have not heard of GRITS .. i will hav.. read more
You are who you are. Be true to yourself, this poem tells me. It is a poem that speaks to me of strength. Of finding it and growing when the chips are down. We grow stronger where we break. Zoe you write great poetry. This is an accomplished piece in my opinion. All the best.

Chris

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

I am absolutely humbled by your words, and deeply appreciative. I want to write poetry that people c.. read more
Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

A pleasure reading you Zoe:)
A tribute to tenacity and courage, I like this. "We can't sow our parent's fields, we have to plow our own". Just a farming metaphor I heard once.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

8 Months Ago

"The South will Rise Again." My mantra since birth. lol. This is less about legacy, though, and more.. read more
There's nothing more annoying than people who think they know you when they've given no effort or interest in getting there. Your poem gives off that stringent annoyance with panache. The rhythm is peppy & carries the reader along (((HUGS)))

Posted 9 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

Or people who think you should change because they aren't interested in finding out who you are. Bot.. read more
very powerful and a lot of inner strength in you, never lose that and never let someone take it from you and trust me someone will try, it's an ugly world. You are beautiful and a powerful writer, keep going. Great work here.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Hi Zoe, |I love the content of this piece, the flow and the rhyme that flow so easily through each line. This is a powerful write. As you say, "You shall rise again." May your pen ever sing. Have a wonderful Monday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

Bless you! I am so glad you enjoyed this, and chose to leave your thoughtful comments. I enjoy creat.. read more
shadrach hah

9 Months Ago

I was so glad that I dropped by this beautiful piece. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs always....Mike.
Lots of introspection here and a feeling of empowerment. All said in flawless rhyme. I get the feeling you WILL rise again....and so it shall be. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

I hope I will. I try to rise a little each day, grateful that I am a survivor. Thank you embracing .. read more

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Added on November 17, 2021
Last Updated on November 18, 2021
Tags: Poetry, Feelings, Thoughts, Relationships, Southern

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Zoe Richardson
Zoe Richardson

Cordova, AL



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Alabama native. Poet and storyteller and all around word nerd. I practice random acts of insanity because the world needs some shaking up. more..

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