A Child Still


A blurry woman silhouette under the rain

The rain weeps a tragic ballad against darkened windows.

A mournful melody as memories seep through the cracks.

I was only fifteen. A child still.

Wild and free, untamed.

An unfettered spirit galloping across life’s vast plains –

When I met my first love. What did I know?

I thought I knew it all.

But I was only fifteen. A child still.

My actions carried the rashness of youth.

My head spinning atop my captive heart.

Rejoicing, reaching out to embrace the extraordinary.

I was only fifteen. A child still.

Imagining your face, I miss you still. I love you still. I let you down.

I let you go.

I should’ve fought for you.

But I was only fifteen. A child still.

Attending angels waiting to bring you home, nestled in their loving arms.

Your spirit unbreakable, forever.

Mine broken, forever stained. Was justice served?

I was fifteen. A child no more.

Tomorrow, you would be fifteen, wild and free, untamed.

Drinking the salty winds. 

Instead, you’re gone.

While I’m left here, unable to let go.

©2016 Brenda Baker

Writer’s note: If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you’ve probably noticed that I like to write about the human condition. For this poem I asked myself ‘What if we could see into the hearts of others?’ Everyone has a story to tell. Do we judge or do we show compassion?


14 comments on “A Child Still”

  1. woww… no words to express., each time I come across ur blog it worths the visit… and I find myself dangling in the sea of new ideas,.

    Coming across your works is one of the best things that had ever happened to an aspiring writer like me😊.

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  2. Honest remembrance of a younger heart. Straightforward in its honest look back through the lens of what we learn along the way, yet still the veil of sanctity to protect what belongs to no one else. Well done.

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