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Abandoned in America



Her mind,
four years old,
was once eighty-two.
Her age, eighty-nine,
is two-timing.

Her silky white hair
was once black, every strand.
The child she became is beautiful.
She laughs with the first light,
and moans the day's end;
she is a child her grand daughter’s age.

Bowed, her posture.
Crooked, her knees.
Her eyes seek the moments lost,
making it hard for me to find her needs.

Today is forgotten;
she lives in the bygone.
She’s abandoned and lonely;
it’s all in her gaze.
She looked at me hopefully;
her words pierce my core:
“I’m from America and I want to go home.”
She doesn't believe her beloved
would do her this wrong.
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I was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I was told that I can write, so I wrote and continues to write. I am currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. I enjoy reading "real" poetry. My favorite books are the Pslams, Proverbs and Songs of Solomon.Poetry is not just vocabulary, and use of metaphors and formats. Don't be tricked. Poetry should speak life. I love a poem that tells a story. The most memorable poems are the ones that tell someone's story. I don't care about ratings; the truth is always hated. People are people where-ever we go. more…

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