Left Turn



How did I get here? A question danced

around until I’m goin’ in circles, swimmin’

in the past and running from today –

not about to stop for this stranger.

He doesn’t know it’s too late,

his voice coming in from some faraway land.

I lived in that world once –

in another lifetime.


The seasons stretched into years where I’m sittin’,

with Fall the longest so far. 

How long has it been?

I’m losin’ track.

And now this stranger askin’ too many questions

when I’m nobody’s business,

his uniform a blue stain scrambled by the haze –

suiting me fine.


I just wanna open the door 

and shrink back to obscurity.

My head the only place left to hide 

from his questions – eyes frowning in concern?

Will he buy my promises even if I can’t?

How did I even end up here?

The mirror showing me the mess

I’ve become for the first time.


©Brenda Baker

24 comments on “Left Turn”

  1. Not knowing a poets thought process, it’s hard to say if the feelings the poems create are from the point the poet is coming from. (and sometimes that’s the point isn’t it?) But I can say this…this poem struck a cord in me. The last line leaving the ‘story’ unfinished made it resonate even more for me. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Nikki.😊 It may be time to start including context for these poems. I’m not even sure that I would consider them poems.

      They’re the ongoing story of
      Autumn, a teenage girl who has left home, and now finds herself on the street. While I’m hoping each piece can stand alone, they’re all part of Autumn’s story.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.😊 Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday ahead!

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      1. Thank you, Miss. 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to read it.As writers, we all want our words to be read. 🙂 I always value feedback. As bloggers, we’re stronger together. 🙂 Wishing you a fantastic Friday!

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