All That Glitters

All That Glitters

A Poem by Zoe Richardson
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A Declaration Of Independence On Valentines Day

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All That Glitters

I loved a boy who would not bend

A smiling summer saint

He tossed my kisses to the wind

And spurned my long complaint

 

I loved a lad I could not have

We bent to autumn’s chill

He left me wounds without a salve

My grace could not forgive

 

I loved a singer who wandered by

He took my virtue’s pleasure

He gave me nights of storm cast song

Unsheltered from the weather

 

Then I loved you, my fire, my loss

Your shine like pirate’s gold

But you were only chaff and dross

And left me ashes cold

 

You burned my wings within your name

You thought I would dissolve

Instead I stand outside the flame

And have no need of love

 

-Zoe Richardson

© 2022 Zoe Richardson


Author's Note

Zoe Richardson
Please keep your hands and arms inside the poem. The author is not responsible for loss of limb.

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"Everything that glitters is not gold" Dan Seals I had forgotten that song so thank you for reminding me of it this morning. I shall now be forced to retrieve my guitar from its hidey hole and play it for myself. My music is like my poetry, primarily only something I do because I enjoy it. I'm that way with most things in life. I enjoyed reading this. Your work is always such a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing it with us here.

Posted 1 Day Ago


This poem is sad but very well-written. I like how the title tied into the penultimate verse showing the reader that this is the one with importance. The ending is sad to me. But i sense a silver lining. Wonderful write. Tyfs

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

Part of it is sad. But the overarching meaning is one of triumph. Neither the good nor the bad defea.. read more
Hello dear Zoe. We always want what we shouldn't have.
"I loved a singer who wandered by
He took my virtue’s pleasure
He gave me nights of storm cast song
Unsheltered from the weather"
I liked the above lines. When I was young, I liked the people with talent for painting. They loved wanderlust and their work more than love. A wonderful poem shared dear friend.
Coyote

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

Poets are attracted to artists and musicians, but boy do those temperaments clash! I am so glad you .. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

Was my pleasure dear Zoe and you are welcome.
I am in that state these years...standing outside the flame.
This is so perfectly written...great rhyme scheme and the imagery makes this
poem jump off the page.
and my hands and arms are inside.

j.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

It's a place of power, is it not? To know love holds no sway. I really enjoy reading your comments. .. read more
Love is so hard, i went through a divorce not too long ago, it is still rough
I know part of this feeling, intriguing really, enjoyed the read

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

Thank you! And I am truly sorry you endured that experience. I spent my entire adult life with men w.. read more
Unspoken poet

7 Months Ago

not a problem, it seems my ex and I are always arguing. Some men are nothing but trouble.
Intriguing and alluring as is the subject of the poem. It was well measured and well stated. An enjoyable read.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

I am so glad you enjoyed it and chose to say so. Love isn't always hearts and flowers but even the w.. read more
Well, this does sound like a difficult run. One dud after another. If old sayings hold any water, the speaker must be extremely lucky at cards.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

Snort! I am, actually. Quite lucky in other aspects. However, if you go back and re-read you will se.. read more
I like this poem! Love is a hard thing, it takes work. I love the last stanza!

Posted 7 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

7 Months Ago

Me too! Lol. I worked hard at love. They worked hard at destroying me. And yet... here I am. I am so.. read more
KAREN

7 Months Ago

You're welcome!

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Added on February 14, 2022
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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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