Lyrics, poetry and art all meshed together

Monday, March 03, 2008


Born in a land of swagger
Where earth and moon tongue kissed their lies
Footprints glowed on hearts that sang out loud their romance
She came beneath them
Frazzled and beautiful
A little girl with no hair
Hair so thin you can see a map of her heart
Anything you give
She takes
Anything you say
She swallows
You write her story to feel better
At 9 years old she thinks you’re a visitor
Who brings toys twice a year
More like Santa Claus in jeans
The tooth fairy that lost her wings
She sings to you on the phone
Your insides grow sore
Her voice is delicious like sunshine and strawberries
Tomorrow is when you will snatch her from the serpent
Take her to a better place
She will see your good intention as blessing
You blink your eyes
She’s now nineteen
You sit her down
Tell her the truth
That she belongs to you
She was always yours
Five hours of labor during a talk show of viewers
Little girl don’t believe you
She thinks you’re losing it
You act too desperate
Too nice
Not motherly
She chose to dance with the serpent
Until she marries one like him
Tall, dark and devious
She wants a man like Daddy
Except she wants him white
With long curly hair so he can approve
She gets extensions
Dresses into a Cinderella costume
Polishes her lips with glitter
Little girl twirls her way towards the sun
Her skin burns like fire
Her voice echoes Travelocity
She travels the world in search of her serpent
Determined to be happy
She realizes she’s too dark
Bleaches her face every morning
Now look…
Look how she glows like the moon
When she walks into a room
Everyone catches their breath
Little girl finds her blond hair, blue eyed serpent
He is not Daddy
He is Peter Pan who grabs her by the neck
Flies her to a world of abuse
Her tears stains her Cinderella dress
Turns it gray
She stops eating
Darkness gives her shivers
Her glow disappears
She sings for pennies on the subway
Her glow disappears
Daddy where are you?
She tries to undress the rain with a song
Little girl is unable to free herself
Isolation becomes her best friend
Intervention offered with my fingertips
She hugs without question
My peace offering
©2008 by C. Delaleu
painting by Etsy


Yasmeen Christian said...

Gurl that is a beautiful poem ;-)

Writer and Artist on Board said...

Thank you, Cathy. Thank you. -Alex

Kai C. said...

how are you?

amiamazing said...

amazing image!

Rethabile said...

Toujours en forme, je vois. Always happy to come by.

Anonymous said...

I love that poem.

"Her voice is delicious like sunshine and strawberries". That is my favorite line of the poem.

Jac said...

Thats so strong but sad, lyrical.

You have a done wonder with some lines.

Ty said...

Very deep and wonderfully done. I also enjoyed the image.

david santos said...

You are master!

Fabrizio said...

This is great. Really touching.

Hope you're better since you wrote the last post.

See ya


Stephen Bess said...

Yes, beautiful. I wonder what a map of my heart would reveal?

Anonymous said...

Soooo beautiful! I luv your written words, this is my first time over here via Stephen Bess. I won't be a stranger ;)

Copasetic Soul said...

that was fiyah...after reading that, i feel the need to retire my pen!

glad i stopped through...

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

painfully beautiful-crying as I type this-chilling since it's too often, true

I like your use of well known symbols or icons (serpent and Disney characters)

Gel { * * }

constance said...

Oh...what a poem! quite poignant, sad...beautiful! You're a wonderful writer/poet, you really are...

Hey, are you also leaving your corporate life? Or have you already left? Do update me! Hugs!

A Blessed Easter to you too!

Kafo said...

poetry was beautiful

the picture was YEAH
i am still trying to understand
not really a fan

happy easter

Xavier Pierre Jr. said...

Damn! Tear my heart apart, why don't you. Cathy, you know I love your poems. But this? It's my instant favorite! So tragic that I have to love it. By the way, I miss you.

Peace and Love,

Alizé (

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Xavier Pierre Jr. said...

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cosmic clown said...

Lyrically yours,
its very touching...

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paris parfait said...

What a powerful poem, Cathy!

Lyrically speaking said...

Yasmeen: Thank you

Writer and artist: Thanks for the support

Kai:I'm doing ok, taking it one day at a time

Amiamazing: Thanks, I really liked it when I saw it

Rethabile: Merci

Epsilonicus: Thanks :)

Jac: Great to see you here

Ty: Miss you much, thanks

David: Very sweet of you to say, thanks

Fabrizio: Gratzie, I am feeling a little better today

Stephen: Only you can discover it...let me know when you do :)

Lyrically speaking said...

Hoklaterain: Thanks for the visit and come back again, you're more than welcomed

Copasetic: Coming from you it's an honor, please keep up with your writing :)

Gel: Thank you, please come again for more inspiration

Constance: No, I haven't yet left the corporate life, but I will eventually

Kafo: Thanks for the lovely visit

Xavier: Merci and yes, i'm doing much better

Cosmic: Lovely surprise, hope all is well with you

Paris Parfait: Merci beaucoup

Blu Jewel said...

oh my! this one almost brought me to tears.


Cynthia said...

Your poem is heartbreakingly
beautiful. Written with the
delicate touch of love.

Today's ranting said...

Wow! nicely written! It's so melancholic.

Mizrepresent said...

That was so sad...i had so many visions, felt so many things with this...but most of all...pain.