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misunderstood (sleeping beauty)

a free verse poem

By Joelle E🌙Published 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
misunderstood (sleeping beauty)
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look me in the eyes.

tell me, what do you see?


someone who cowers

and heeds every plea?


do you see someone shy

someone lacking defense?

perhaps you see someone

without confidence?


well i’m here to say

first impressions can lie.

from the first, sweet hellos

to the final goodbye


you can go a whole life

never known as you should.

i should know – it’s my self

that’s been misunderstood.


all of my skittishness

all of my fear

had its own cause, beyond

that which pleases your ear


and none of my favors–

kindness, overdid–

not one has been done

yet for your benefit


i protected myself

the best way i knew how.

when the rain came

my own head i did bow


and in the long night

i found shelter, and heat

by preserving my light

(though its flicker was weak)


from all of the stimuli

all of the fear

this cross that was never

my burden to bear


but one i absorbed

long before i was born.

this curse was my gift–

briar rose and her thorn


look at me now.

pray, what is it you see?


perhaps i’m transforming

into a new me?


or maybe i’m finally

not quite so opaque?


you can hear me, and see me?

well, make no mistake–


this woman is the person

i’ve been all along.

outside, i was trembling

inside, i was strong


knowing one day, somehow

i would burst into song–

sleeping beauty means night

but aurora means dawn

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Joelle E🌙

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    Oh I loved this one even more on my second reading! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Congratulations on TS. (And my wife goes to Joelle tomorrow to get her hair done.)

  • Naia Louise2 months ago

    so very very gooooood.. Bless you and your deep inner self shining through the moonlight I'm dancing to the same song with you <3

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Love this, would love to hear you read it aloud. Congratulations 🥇

  • Mother Combs2 months ago

    Powerful! I love it!

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Oh child, you sure told that someone how strength is always there down deep, deep where you may miss it shining, But there for sure. This was do deep and surely came from a place of depth and feelings. Beautiful...congrats on TS.

  • Hank Moody2 months ago

    This is beautifully written 😍

  • Joe Patterson2 months ago

    This reminds me of a song I love. Congratulations on top story.

  • Its Forspiya2 months ago

    check this https://vocal.media/poets/witty-poetry

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautiful piece. Congrats on the TS.

  • Dorota2 months ago

    Congratulations ! 🕊️✨👌🤍🥳

  • Bugsy Watts2 months ago

    Holy yes

  • RM Stockton2 months ago

    I love that way the poem shifts and boldly builds. The rhyme and meter are beautifully arranged, and your word choice is exquisite. Well done!

  • Carol Townend2 months ago

    This is beautifully expressed and something I can relate to in terms of mental health. I really enjoyed reading it.

  • This was excellent, a great example of free verse

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    "you can go a whole life/never known as you should/i should know – it’s my self/ that’s been misunderstood." - this line hit home! What a magical piece of writing!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Well done, Joelle! This is incredible and well deserving of its Top Story badge. Congrats!

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  • Jazzy 2 months ago

    Whew this ending sent me! This was so powerful!!!!

  • Sarah D2 months ago

    Nice reading this! Read mine too? https://vocal.media/poets/a-guilty-pleasure-moment

  • EBUKA OPUTA2 months ago

    Impressive tips

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    This is brilliant, excellent flow and rhyme scheme; mostly I’m impressed with the message and your themes. ..”never known as you should”. So true. I loved this thoughtful and inspirational message by the end of your poem!

  • Poppy2 months ago

    This is stunning start to finish! I adore the ending!

  • Tonya2 months ago

    I can relate. Love the flow. Congratulations!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Bold, positive and beautifully written. Congratulations!

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