Battle of the Poems 2019: Day 24

"Form" trounced my "love" poem for the Orange Menace in yesterday's quarterfinals battle.

It's time for the semi-finals! Today Angie Blue goes up against Silenced Voices. Will you choose the sad story of a girl who never wins, or will it be the brief monody honoring those who have gone from this world?

Only a few more of these! Cast your vote!

Poem #7
Angie Blue

in a time that came and went long ago
whether I was taking down my walking cane and hat
or wrapped up in my bell-bottom blues
I guess you could call me Angie Blue

I was that girl who lived my life in the songs I heard
on the rock and roll radio
I dreamed of wide spaces and endless love

and maybe if I'd been pretty
instead of an ugly duckling girl
maybe I'd have found something more

than fire that quickly turned to ice
and shallow-hearted boys looking for a hookup
that didn't last any longer than a song

you could call me Angie Blue
the ugly duckling girl who learned the truth
that there will never be a prince who rides along the sea and the mountain

my collection of colorful hats now sit collecting dust
my walking cane is now used to support
a body that doesn't work very well

the boys who wanted a good-time girl
are now middle-aged men cheating on their wives
with foolish young women not much older than I was then

I suppose it was better to live my truth
then to get caught up in a web
of love that was no more than lies

but I have been lonely
there is no one and only
unless you count only lonely me

footloose in my mind
with a body that can't dance in reality
and not so fancy or free at all


Poem #18
Silenced Voices
For Those No Longer With Us

though all different
you each had a special gift
I won't forget you


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