If They Could See Your Soul



Her name is Aunica
to some she is just another face
in an ordinary place
another individual of habit and style
an elderly stout woman whose brown complexion
bares the stamp of her ethnicity

Amongst the hustle of others in a small cafe
she is the quiet old lady who labors away
in a back room filled by the monotony of everyday
routines her hands are coarse yet strapping
unto an average customer she saunters about
replacing silverware and plates
but goes virtually unnoticed by many

Except for one who sees beyond
weary eyes and a worn black apron
for if only they could see your soul
there would be a blanket of sorrow
and an ever present shadow of despair

When cities in your homeland
violently collapsed your heart plummeted
to the bottom of your being

Memories of a life once had
are now swept aimlessly about
by a ruthless and non sympathetic wind
like those who executed their cruel tyranny
upon the remnants of your very foundation

Through understanding I have acquired
eyes that can see
you have opened your home to me
I have eaten in your presence
and extended my ear and an occasional laugh

For many stories this woman
has shared
these tales I will hold
for her life has been a challenge
so now it is known

If they could see your soul
your courage is equal
to a panthers roar
or a stampede of charging bulls

To the casual eye you are just
that simple lady who carries
a tray of plates and smiles
amongst the conversations
and cigarette smoke

However--------------------------------------------------

IF ONLY THEY COUL SEE YOUR SOUL

About this poem

A young boy takes his first job at a small restaurant in a predominantly ethnic part of town There he meets a woman from Europe A survivor from an ongoing war in her country

Font size:
Collection  PDF     
 

Submitted by markl.65734 on February 07, 2023

Modified on March 05, 2023

1:26 min read
7

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBXCD EEEAFXD XCGXX XXA XFXDC XDDXX CXXXX GXXX XXXXA G
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,556
Words 289
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 6, 7, 5, 3, 5, 5, 5, 4, 5, 1

Discuss the poem If They Could See Your Soul with the community...

2 Comments
  • gr.82137
    I know someone like this on Miami.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Nathaniel40
    It's the way you describe things that makes your work captivating. I'm telling you, the details that you build with the words you use shows your talent. Hell yeah.
    LikeReply 11 year ago

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"If They Could See Your Soul" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 17 Jun 2024. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/150169/if-they-could-see-your-soul>.

Become a member!

Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

June 2024

Poetry Contest

Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.
13
days
1
hour
51
minutes

Special Program

Earn Rewards!

Unlock exciting rewards such as a free mug and free contest pass by commenting on fellow members' poems today!

Browse Poetry.com

Quiz

Are you a poetry master?

»
Who wrote the poem "A Dream Within A Dream"?
A Elizabeth Barrett Browning
B Edgar Allan Poe
C Percy Bysshe Shelley
D William Blake