They Thought Her Odd

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #406

Words:  children, swing, noise, weekend, deaf, love, late, sign, noose, swim, scoot, learn

She was deaf
to all pleas, a child
whose fears were learned
over years, prevented
her from joining
other children for
weekend fun. She could
not risk being stuck
at the top of a see-saw
or being pushed on
a swing. When kids
scooted off to swim
in the lake, she wandered
off hating their pig-
squeal noises. They wore
signs that said ‘love’.
She wore a sign with image
of a noose. She was deaf
to all pleas–cold and
empty inside. Why did no
one help her before
it was too late?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to They Thought Her Odd

  1. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    The subject matter and tone made me think of the King classic, Carrie. What a lot of good a little understanding (and better role modeling from older and supposedly wiser people) would do.


  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    Chilling and tragic.


  3. a good character in your thoughts,
    a deaf who swim and wing without sunlight which is good.


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