When She Loved

When she loved

I remember how…

crunchy fall leaves and umbrellas
brought smiles
shoreline walks were free from self consciousness
she was beautiful
and knew it
basking in love and light
strong will
oppositional, yes, but 
somewhat yielded 
to love
giggling, rolling laughter, jumping on beds,
 tearing through the hall half dressed
she was beautiful
and knew it
but darkness fell upon the lamb, somehow
the sheep strayed
burred fur
unfulfilled thirst
everyday escorts- 
lies, deceit and fear
chase away her beauty
she has forgotten
she is beautiful
in darkness ashamed
embracing her lovers
as they parade in and out of her life
unhappily ever after

the light is darkest before dawn, I know-
just how much darker it will get
before it shows-

never will we forget
she is beautiful
remind her until
she sees again

wipe the cobwebs from her face
remind her
our love does not rely on
her love,
but trusts
in the One
who is

Lord, begging your mercy
because mercy remembers
 when she loved…

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

15 thoughts on “When She Loved

  1. This hits deeply. To the marrow. If your 'she' was replaced with 'he', it could be about where I live with one I love deeply (with the LOVE of the One…) where he feels no love. Thank you.


  2. This is so beautiful and bittersweet. May God's hope and sweet mercy envelop her and bring healing. Thanks, Dawn, for always sharing from your beautiful heart. I loved the picture, too.


  3. Hi Dawn! This is a beautiful poem, what a story. How brave of you to share it with everyone. I hope for healing for this little lamb who belongs to Jesus.Peace in Christ,Ceil


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