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For The Lady I Knew Who Battled Anorexia

The lake, once pristine and full,
Now lays barren and empty.
Its depths hidden beneath a surface
Of decaying algae and mud.

Every drop of water that once flowed
Now held tightly within its grasp,
Refusing sustenance in a battle
Against an unknown force.

The shoreline, once lush and green,
Now eroded and barren.
Lifeless trees stand witness
To a battle that was fought and lost.

The silence is deafening,
A world once full of sound
Now quieted by a darkness
That consumes all in its path.

There is hope in the horizon,
A light that shines through the fog.
A chance to break the chains
And reclaim the beauty of the lake.

So let the rain fall and fill the lake,
Let the sun warm its surface.
Let the life within return,
And let the battle be won.
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Written on May 18, 2023

Submitted by JoeStrickland on May 18, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 751
Words 160
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Joe Strickland

I'm just a regular, blue collar, working stiff who took an interest in writing poetry many years ago but until recently I haven't had a desire to share any with anyone or pursue publication. I'm an unpublished fork lift operator by night, and a day drinker by choice. I can be followed on Twitter @JoeStricklandSC more…

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Discuss the poem "For The Lady I Knew Who Battled Anorexia" with the community...

  • Teril
    This poem breaks my heart - watching the battle with anorexia is horrific. I will join you in your wishes for a rebirthing, as sustenance somehow absorbs and saves.
    LikeReply 11 day ago
  • jennqjek
    Nicely composed Joe! To me, each stanza paint a detail story of the dying lake. All the best!
    LikeReply 19 days ago


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