A Poem by Emily Quinn

Inspired by the poems picture sent to me for the "Picture Perfect" contest


Faith in her heart cherished without hesitation

Once warmed the beating muscle so pure

As her serene smile lit up the lives of all who saw.


Little girl who endlessly loved so wholly,

Why now do you turn solemnly to the sky

With mourning eyes for the faith once clutched

In an impenetrable nest by thine own small fingers?


You tremble beneath far reaching shadows

Of which whisper your name with an icy breath

To lightly brush your goose-bumped flesh.


Why does fear now dampen those eyes

That once held infallible courage so strong

As clay lays dried over a smile of love

Hardened into steely mask of sorrow?


You look to the clouds with that betrayed eye

Sprouting forth tears unintended for you to weep

Into this life that hath failed to learn

Lessons of countless, secretly told.


Will those sorrows ever depart

Returning love unto your breast?

Oh small child how I weep for you

Mourning innocence with utmost grief.


How I beg that smile to crack the clay

And survive to brighten one more day.





© 2010 Emily Quinn

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Amazing. You are honestly one of the most talented writers that I've had the privelege of reading on this site--probably honestly the most talented. I love this piece--not a thing I could see wrong with it. Tells a beautiful but sad story. Gorgeous work, Emily.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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This is a remarkably beautiful write. I love the flowing cadence of rolls of the tongue and mind.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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divine..loved the style eloquent..your flow is impeccable..a delightful read

Posted 12 Years Ago

I am impressed by this heartfelt wonderful work. Not sure there are any improvements to make. Sad, but it does not leave the reader saddened. You allow the emotions to flow from the page without bringing the reader down. Well done!

Posted 12 Years Ago

This is incredible.

Posted 12 Years Ago

i cant say how amazing this is, it's truly beautiful

Posted 12 Years Ago

its been so long sinse i've read something so naturally gentle and lulling,
it soothes the readers heart, sentimental and classic work,
has a subtle uplifting beckon, brilliantly done Emily, keep it up
I shall add this to my favorites :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

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If I were to sum up my thoughts in one word for this poem, that word would be WOW. This poem was just beautiful and I am happy that I chose to read this work. Fantastic Job

Posted 12 Years Ago

I LOVED IT! You are an AMAZING and talented writer. I like how you used big words and great grammer.

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the smile to crack the clay great line it was cute good write :P

Posted 12 Years Ago

Very nicely done!

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Added on July 28, 2010
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