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She's a Wild Child

Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.


You're a wild child, stubborn and untamed

Always changing, yet somehow the same

Afraid to trust, afraid to love

Afraid to open up

What's the point of trying If you end up crying

There's no doubt about it

When it's too late to pull the reins and quit

Without your armor

You are forced to barter

Assuming your currency's the same

And everyone is game

Then comes the dreadful moment of truth

When there's nothing else left to lose

It's all already been placed upon the table

Has it all been real or just some silly fable

You took the chance, let down the walls

And tried like hell not to fear the fall

Now here you sit, still a little stunned

Even though you knew this day would come

Get back up and try again

Or keep it all reined in

The choice is yours alone

But you may never be well-known

So when you mend the broken fences

No matter what the expense is

Don't forget to leave the gate unbarred

Don't close off your heart

And remember you're not really stubborn

You just know what you want


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on June 13, 2020:

Thank you, Nithya. I appreciate that.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 13, 2020:

A lovely poem beautifully expressed. I enjoyed reading it.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on June 12, 2020:

Thanks, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 11, 2020:


This is a page called poets with a voice which i created.


I also have a group which you are welcome to join and post your poetry. Sparklecity poetry group


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on June 11, 2020:

Thanks, Brenda. Is this a group that you created?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 11, 2020:

This is superb writing.

I shared this one.

Here is the link.


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 09, 2019:

Thanks, Reformed Eve! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Reformed Eve from USA on November 09, 2019:

I love this so much. I can definitely relate to it..

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on February 27, 2019:

Thanks, Brenda. I appreciate that.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 27, 2019:

I love this poem. I think we all go down this road in life.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 02, 2018:

Thanks so much, Venus.

Venus Mary from Panamá on October 02, 2018:

Hi Shannon. Sensibility embodied in this beautiful poem.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 24, 2018:

Thanks , Chitrangada! I think everyone has wild thoughts that are secret. I guess we all have a little romance in our souls, huh?

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 24, 2018:

Wonderful expressions with deep thoughts!

Well honestly, I do have some wild, wild imaginations that nobody is aware of.

Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 18, 2018:

You can always dream, Dream On. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad that my poem could make you feel something.

DREAM ON on July 17, 2018:

Your poem triggered a lot of emotion and feelings. I would be the one to sneak out in the middle of the night and let all the wild horses free. Thinking that's where they belong roaming the prairie. I know I would get in so much trouble. Then again I couldn't stop myself either. I am doomed know matter what I do. I am so lucky I never grew up then and I can dream about the early days of the old west and write about it without paying the price. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. Have a nice night.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 14, 2018:

Who says it's an either or question, Larry? LOL

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 14, 2018:

To be wild or tamed?

Love free my friend:-)

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 12, 2018:

Yes and no, manatita, to the introspective comment and I do agree with your second comment. Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated. :)

manatita44 from london on July 12, 2018:

Reads like introspective poetry. Good to see your efforts, my dear Shannon. Carry on!

We are wild horses, yes. We don't really know what we want, but we are seeking. That's healthy. Peace, my Friend.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 11, 2018:

Thanks, Gypsy! Good to see you.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 11, 2018:

Wonderful poetry. Loved this.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 11, 2018:

I'm glad that you identify with it, Rinita. So do I, actually, but those lines took a couple tries to get the rhyme and rhythm I wanted and still say what I meant. Thanks for stopping by to read!

Rinita Sen on July 11, 2018:

"Without your armor

You are forced to barter

Assuming your currency's the same

And everyone is game"

Loved these lines, and identified with them. Extremely meaningful poetry!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 10, 2018:

Very true, Eric. This poem started out as inspired by something and then went in a slightly different direction, I guess, pretty much from the start and then came back to my original thought at the end. But, hey, more to see that way, I suppose. LOL

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 10, 2018:

Wonderful. I love to study and learn. So quite often I enjoy failing for I learn more from that than winning.

This is beautiful, thank you for sharing it.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 10, 2018:

Thank you, Zulma. I appreciate that.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 10, 2018:

I think I know which song you're thinking of, but it's literally about a wild child. It's called "Wild One". Thanks- now it's in my head. LOL.

I am actually now thinking of the song Brooks & Dunn a d Reba did... "Cowgirls Don't Cry".

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 10, 2018:

So much truth in these few words. You do good poetry.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 10, 2018:

This reminded me of Faith Hill's song...can't remember the name of it...anyway, get back up, never quit, always move forward...cliches, for sure, but they are at the heart of being human. :)

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 10, 2018:

Hi Threekeys,

That song is a good one and the overall lyrics do not relate to my poem. However, that particular line of the song popped in my head and did seem to fit.

Funny you should mention childhood longings like that. When I was a child I used to wonder what it would be like to have "adult" conversations. As if that would somehow be better or easier.... Different. Maybe I would be better understood. Of course, I found that is not necessarily so. More vocabulary, expanding wisdom and intelligence, BUT still often misunderstood on a basic level whenever I communicate in depth with some people.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 10, 2018:

Escape? That's an option, too, Today. LOL. Always a good idea to have an escape route.

threekeys on July 10, 2018:

"Life does have a way of shaking your faith".

There is a price to pay.

I used to believe that when one became an adult you could explore and be more of you. Well, yes, that can be so. If you have resources you can. Here you have more "free will" and " given leniency" by society. But if you need aid from society you forever have to bow your head, act only when given permission by those that have resources.

Loved imagining I was one of the horses here in your poem;)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 09, 2018:

A wonderful poem here, Shannon. It's always good to be a little wild but society always tries to reign us in. As your poem says, always leave the gate open, so can escape again if need be.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 09, 2018:

Thank you, Dana.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on July 09, 2018:


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