I Shall Not Be Small (5 syllable meter)

When he was a boy,
Life was dramatic --
He learned to be small
Safe in the attic.

Invisible child,
As slight as his word,
Made to be silent,
A shadow unheard.

Talk was restricted,
Speaking forbidden --
He dared not a peep,
His thoughts kept hidden.

They shunned him away,
Both mother and he --
Alone was the son
They wished would unbe.

Bent but not broken,
He hid out of sight,
Nothing was granted
To fight the good fight.

He prayed that one day
He'd come to forsake
All they had broken
He'd fight to unbreak.

The lonely young boy
Grew fearless and brave,
The mirror foretold
The one he would save.

His fear became strength,
One voice to resound,
Ne'er to be silenced,
To this was he bound.

The child forgotten
Remembered his past
He would not be scant,
Nor neither outcast.

You see I am he
To whom I refer
The one forgotten
To whom I defer.

I was the no one
They could not confide
That needed a love
They would not provide

Made to feel worthless
I was that young lad,
Forgotten by mom,
Forsaken by dad.

I now know the truth
That I was not wrong.
Their words have no say
Their music no song.

I was not nothing
As made to recall,
For now I proclaim,
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Written on April 02, 2024

Submitted by Symmetry60 on April 02, 2024

Modified by Symmetry60 on June 04, 2024

1:23 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,189
Words 275
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Steven Dupere

With a book of poetry to boast, Waltz of Semantic Tongues, Steven has been challenging nervous canvases for more time than time can shake an eon at. This is a shard of that fallout. more…

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  • Abbykesington
    The wounded child in me finds some salve in your words. Thanks for sharing this very vulnerable poem.
    LikeReply 111 days ago
  • donka_k
    This poem speaks in a deepest way to every "invisible child" including myself.
    It takes a lot of courage in adulthood not only to admit that we have been "small" in the eyes of our parents but to decide to "grow" in our own eyes.
    I loved the clarity and simplicity of your words, powerful, direct , light in the darkness. Thank you . 
    LikeReply 219 days ago
    • Symmetry60
      Very astute, aware response here, Donka. Thank you very much for stopping by. I appreciate it a lot.
      LikeReply19 days ago
  • Kaytee
    Amazing as always, great work. I love the resilience. Bravo!
    LikeReply 122 days ago
    • Symmetry60
      I know you don't care for these rhymers, so I appreciate you holding your nose long enough to stroke my ego. ;-)
      LikeReply19 days ago
  • LatinX
    Steven!!! I applaud you! Bravo! I felt this poem deeply.
    LikeReply 127 days ago
    • Symmetry60
      I find this piece to be adequate for the bottom line which are the duckie$$$. It suffices even though it's only average for my taste. If it gets me in the "Dollar" column, I'm all about it. ;-) 
      LikeReply26 days ago
  • JanosThanatos
    Really powerful stuff. It's always inspiring to hear the testimony of those ash-risen phoenixes for whom the ordeals of yesteryear serve, not as excuses, but as wellsprings of the spirit that invigorate their will to overcome. 
    LikeReply 128 days ago
    • Symmetry60
      Isn't poetry great and that it affords us a multiplicity of benefits that allow us to grow as individuals. These are medicinal to so many degrees that without them I feel we'd be left more stagnant in our thoughts and outlooks. I love writing, as I'm sure we all do. I also love reading good poetry. This one, for my taste, was average at best, but did manage to convey the sentiment I sought, as well to maintain the integrity of syllabic meter I was aiming for. Thank you for your time and thoughts. 
      LikeReply28 days ago
  • Philipo
    Fine work as usual. Congrats.
    LikeReply 129 days ago
    • Symmetry60
      Thank you very much for the encouraging words. I appreciate it.
      LikeReply28 days ago
  • Chana
    I almost voted for this one. It's so nurturing to the once invisible child. My inner child is proud with u. NO, YOU SHALL NOT BE SMALL!
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Therein lay the irony and that we incur growth from having overcome all such tribulation. I appreciate your kind words. Thank you very much.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • susan.brumel
    Empowering poem, Steve. Great piece.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Thank you, Suzie. You're a darling.
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • npirandy
    Well done old friend! It's about time you were awarded again for your mastery of rhyme and meter. But I was unaware of your plight. You have obviously PREVAILED!
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Only had to bribe three for the showing, so who am I to complain a few Benjamins into a 3rd place slot. Sometimes a dude gotta flex a little cashola to get the people pointed in a direction. On a serious note, I very much appreciate the kind words. At this rate I'll be out of debt by 2040. See you on the playground, brother. 
      LikeReply1 month ago
    • acronimous
      ROTFL :-)
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • Vixility
    Dude!! I’m a sucker for meter, and the message of your poem—wow! This one was on my top top pinned list. Congratulations on the win.
    LikeReply 21 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Like I just said to Sue, I knew this one lost a bit of feel, but the syllabic meter, I believe, may have compensated. I wanted to convey the sentiment without losing too much heart, so this one was a push-pull for sure. Still a line or two I'm not crazy about, but I can work on that later. As always, your opinion is valued and valuable as is your talent to be commended. 
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • hamiltonkim03
    A very heart felt poem. Well done on coming third. Kim
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Thank you very much, Kim. That means a lot. :-)
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • xmasday65
    I enjoyed how this was written. Easy to follow the thoughts and has a very nice rhythm.
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      This was a challenge for sure with the 5 syllabic meter, but I loved the entire process. Thank you very much for the vote. I appreciate it.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • cfox57
    I read all the entries for this month's contest and there were many deserving a second look. There were several poems which had a well presented creativity and message placing them above the rest of the group, so after narrowing down to five and then down to two, I found this one most deserving of my vote. In addition to the admirable and impressive message, it was written very consistently in the 5 syllable meter throughout the entire poem which is an excellent achievement in itself. 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Your words humble me. Your response is so well articulated and thought out. This is one of the best comments I've ever gotten. Thank you.
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • BetsyStephens
    This is a beautifully written poem about survival against all odd.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Symmetry60
      Thank you so much, Betsy. You are too kind.
      LikeReply1 month ago


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