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A Ghost of Who You Once Were

Caroline is an artist, designer and writer. She has written for several online and print publications.


How could someone

Make you

Forget yourself

They could...

They could try to

Take over your soul

And erase

Who you remembered

That you were

Bit by bit

They can swallow

Each part of you

What you knew

What you loved

What gave you strength

Then you are

Left hollow

A ghost of

Who you once were

Only a trace of

A memory is left

You are left

A prisoner inside

Of yourself

Just watching

From within

Without a voice

Without your soul

Even the mirror

Can tell you lies

Of who you

Once were

Be careful

Who you give

Your heart to


Caroline Marie (author) on April 06, 2020:

Hi Gypsy thank you for reading and your kind words. I hope you and your family are well. Stay safe. :)

Hi Eric thank you for reading and your kind words. Stay safe. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 05, 2020:

Very interesting notions here. I will definitely. Be thinking of this.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 04, 2020:

A most expressive poem the emotions shine through

Caroline Marie (author) on March 28, 2020:

Thank you Greg for reading and your kind words. :)

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 27, 2020:

Caroline - it’s lyrical; it’s wonderful, it could very easily be a song. I really love the rhythm of it. Wonderfully sad and contemplative, it brings the reader along and takes them to a very personal time in their own life. Quite moving...well done.

Caroline Marie (author) on March 26, 2020:

Hi Kyler, thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. I think this poem can relate on many levels. Stay safe and take care.:)

Kyler J Falk from California on March 24, 2020:

This nearly brought me to tears, though I don't apply this poem to giving my heart away to someone romantically but to my own family. I'm still not sure I understand who I am, but I strive every day to know what it is to own the self.

Wonderful, thought-provoking poem!

Caroline Marie (author) on March 24, 2020:

Hi Lorna, thank you for reading and your kind words. :)

Hi Rinita, thank you for reading and your kind words. :)

Lorna Lamon on March 24, 2020:

I can sense the despair within the lines. Very expressive and beautifully written.

Rinita Sen on March 24, 2020:

Lyrically portrayed the very truth of constantly being deceived. Loved the flow.

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