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Girl - A Poem


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

Shadow of Lost Hope

Shadow of Lost Hope


This is a sensitive topic and unfortunately, those who can relate to it still form the minority. But I feel that the childless not by choice (CNBC) community that generally lurks in the shadow has a right to be heard. And so, this poem.

The verse talks about all the aspirations a woman had for a daughter that was never born (whatever may be the reason). All the experiences that those with children go through are laid out in this woman's dreams, only the dream keeps breaking and she realizes that the reality is nothing but dust.

The Poem


Steady blue eyes, with a spark unreal

A gene so fond yet rare

With every look you swept away tears

Until they dried up in thin air


You picked blossoms for tender nosegays

Saving the best for your mother’s vase

Leaves that fell made a walkway up

And when she looked, ‘twas dust in her plaids


The red teddy bear awaits your hugs

It’s arms too big for your tiny embrace

Saving some love never given

You take the rest to your home of grace


A birthday cake here, a new frock there

Presents from everyone, greeting cards

They know now where you are

But they come, to read your secret words

And Now

Girl, have I yearned for your touch ever more?

Girl, will I ever forego the bliss I imagined so?

Girl, your silhouette speaks a thousand words

But girl, all but stardust remains in your little bow

© 2021 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you for agreeing Brenda, and I'm sorry you know the feeling. It's deep hurt and something I don't wish for anyone.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you for reading, Pamela. It means a lot that I could touch people with my poem.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you Theblogchick. I'm glad you visited.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thanks a lot MG

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 24, 2021:

A compassionate poem.

Sometimes it isn't meant to be and the memory of all those plans still live on within one's heart.

I know this feeling.

Take care.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2021:

This is a very touching, sad, yet beautiful poem, Rinita. Thank you for sharing.

Theblogchick from United States on February 24, 2021:

Really nice poem. I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 24, 2021:

lovely poem. touching.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2021:

Thank you for your compassion, Dora. But sometimes miracles don't happen, and the grief lasts as long as life. Thanks for reading, too. Hope all is well.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 24, 2021:

I feel the pain. It's as if the grieving woman is non-existent until the girl arrives. What a joy it would be if a miracle happened!

Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2021:

Glad to see you, too, manatita. And thank you.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada. Sometimes creative writing is the only way to ease the pain. Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on February 24, 2021:

'But girl, all but stardust remains in your little bow.'

A poignant or touching piece for many. Good to see you back. Om Shanti!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 24, 2021:

This is heartfelt and so sensitively expressed. I can imagine the pain of the unfulfilled desire. Words are not enough to ease the pain, but good of you to share this with your well crafted poem.

Thank you for sharing.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2021:

Thank you John. It was time to share. I'm glad to have found a compassionate platform here.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 24, 2021:

Beautiful and touching poetry, Rinita. Very sad in fact, but I am so glad you could share this. Thank you.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2021:

Thank you, Ann. It is indeed hard. I am glad I was able to express. It was difficult, but awareness is crucial. Thanks for reading again.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Such a sad, poignant poem. It must be so hard and heart-breaking to want and not have. I know I cherish my own and I can't imagine being without them.

You've captured this so well.


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