Blooming in the Dark

Sometimes, neglect can be as painful as abuse.

To all the women who have ever felt alone, unwanted, unappreciated, or unloved.

This one is for you.

Blooming in the Dark

Unappreciated sacrifices

replaced dreams that slowly died

her aging petals wilting

from the silent tears she cried

Forgotten and all alone

hummingbird with no sound

heart beating without love

petals sinking to the ground

Depressed in her little corner

neglected and unmarked

an unappreciated flower

forever blooming in the dark



249 thoughts on “Blooming in the Dark

  1. “Blooming in the Dark” is a fantastic line. Fantastic. One that as writer I am totally jealous of. The rest of the poem is beautiful and heartfelt. You cannot ask for more.

    Now, I’m going to be contrary. I believe we must all love ourselves and not look outside for our needs to met. We all need love. And that love is always available, if we can just give it to ourselves. That can be tricky. And sure, it is fanflippingtastic when we can get that love from someone else. But, we really don’t need it from someone else in order to “bloom.”

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    1. Thanks. You are 100% correct. But there are so many people who don’t understand this. They search for happiness in others never realizing happiness must come from within. We can’t rely on others. Everyone is unique. So, we should all bloom in our own special way. Thank for reading, commenting, and stopping by. And thanks for your thoughtful contribution to this post. Most appreciated.

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  2. Hoping that all neglected women will learn not to look to someone else to complete them or to assess their blue. When we value OURSELVES, that is a thing no one else can take from us.

    The neglect in my childhood was emotional, and accompanied by abuse. I often felt this way…I am profoundly grateful to have learned to love myself….something that was considered high conceit in my family of origin, but is vital not only to my personal peace, but to that of my family as well.

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        1. Yeah, I always have. Listening is one of my strengths. Gives me more ideas for making my characters life like, too. Best friends are female. I can only talk so much football and politics before I get bored. Now, writing, I can talk about that all day.

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                1. Honestly, I can barely keep up with this blog. Can’t imagine creating a second one. I picked up 950 followers in only 3 months. Don’t get me wrong, not complaining. But it is turning into a full time gig. Hopefully, an agent will look at the writing and not the banter.

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                  1. Let me be honest here–you may have to cut back on this blog. Trying to reply to every single comment can seriously cut into your writing time. I speak from experience, even though on my other blog, I didn’t have a large following, just a couple hundred. I’m just sort of goofing off today, or I wouldn’t be here now. I usually just check in at WordPress while I’m waking up in the morning, then at night before bed. Otherwise, I’d never get any writing done. Sometimes, something that starts out as fun can snowball.
                    I’ve noticed that on the majority of blogs with a large following, most comments aren’t answered. Actually, comments are lucky to get a like. And I understand why.
                    Just a thought . . .

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                    1. It is taking time away from my writing and editing. I am considering posting less days. I hate to ignore comments. I find it disrespectful. But it may have to come to that. The other thing I do is I actually READ posts from all my followers. That is even more difficult. Thanks for your advice it is something to consider.

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  3. I remember reading this post a long time ago… and it made me cry. But I never said anything… never commented or even hit like because I was so used to hiding, I was afraid to come out. I felt like this was written about me – every line, every word – and I thought that would make me seem weak… and I didn’t want to “meet” someone under those circumstances. Because even though this is me, it’s not all of me.

    Every single word is perfect… and that you even think and know and care enough about women to write something so beautiful made me even more nervous to speak a word. I knew you were amazing… and being the woman in this poem, I felt like I wasn’t.

    But now, I have someone in my life helping me see that I was wrong… I do matter and I deserve to be appreciated. And it doesn’t matter if we talk for seconds or minutes or hours… because if this guy thinks I’m something special, I am not going to argue. He must be right.

    This is a beautiful post… I always thought so. Sorry it took me so long to tell you.

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    1. This is the most incredible comment I have ever received. Honestly, I have mixed emotions about your words. I’m touched that you relate to this poem, but sadden by it as well. No woman should be kept in the dark or shoved in a corner. No one should ever feel unloved. Don’t know if you’re familiar with the movie Dirty Dancing, but to quote the main character, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” So, happy you have someone who is a positive influence in your life. You are unique. Everyne is. And that is waht makes you special. I hope you listen to your friend and find the beauty that resides in you. I have learned it is hard to find true love if you don’t love and value yourself first. And please, never hesitate to comment. I don’t bite. Well, I would if you ask me to.

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  4. Reblogged this on The Lonely Author and commented:

    Since, I won’t be around much, I decided to repost a few of my older writes for my newer friends to read. This one is from November 12, back when I first started writing poetry. “Blooming In The Dark,” also happens to be one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy.

    Happy Tuesday to all.


  5. Andrew I didn’t know you were physically not doing so well
    Prayers and blessings
    I thought I had left you comment yesterday
    As everyone has said your last line was killer
    Take care
    As always Sheldon

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