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If These Walls Could Talk

If these walls could talk? I know they can.
I hear them whisper every night.
They do not speak unless it’s dark
And quiet down at morning’s light.

The corner wall’s the very worst,
The one that’s nearer to my bed.
He is a blatant listener,
Repeating every thing that’s said.

I heard him tell the walls and chairs,
“I hear her crying in her sleep.”
I can’t see why he doesn’t know,
There are some secrets he should keep.

“She holds her pillow to pretend
She’s not alone in that big bed.”
Walls have no hearts so they can’t feel
The sorrow when loved one is dead.

Now that I am left alone,
Their whispering is hard to bear.
As I have said, walls have no hearts
And little sympathy to share.

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  1. Date: 9/21/2012 4:30:00 AM
    This is really wonderful Joyce. Your poems really touch my heart. So happy to see it take top honors. Your rhyme was sublime!

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 12:19:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 6:08:00 AM
    Oh, this is so touching. Just breaks my heart and I want to give you a hug, well done. Beautifully written. How true the pain when you lose a loved one. Congratulations on your win. Lee

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 11:04:00 AM
    Joyce......wonderful heartfelt write. Ours wall were the opposite of each other. Congrats on your win! Hugs

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 1:49:00 AM
    yes I remember having read this. Congrats on a great win in Susan's contest with your wonderful entry!

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 3:34:00 PM
    Great work with wonderful flow..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 8:22:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:15:00 PM
    This was sure meant to be on the winners' list, dear lady. Big congrats to you.

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win my dear friend, Joyce! :) hugs Leonora

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 6:38:00 PM
    Joyce, I really chuckled after reading the second and third verses. A skilled writer you are my lady! Congrats on a fine win! One love. Joy Wells

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 12:31:00 PM
    straight from the gut, joyce.. beautifully rendered!.. congrats on your award and huggs..:)

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 11:38:00 AM
    Love this Joyce.Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Congratulations on your #3 win in my contest! I liked how your walls were mean and unsympathetic :)

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your terrific win Joyce xx

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:27:00 AM
    JOYCE, congratulations with your wonderful win in Susan's "If These Walls Could Talk..." contest.. have a nice day~ PD

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 9:57:00 PM
    by the way, from my understanding, the fireflies do not exist in Utah. But only in the midwest and maybe out east? You and I both left the middle west. They are not in Washington either, are they?

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 9:56:00 PM
    I really like your take on this contest idea, joyce. Everyone is doing the challenge so differently. This was really enjoyable to read.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 4:12:00 AM
    Joyce; this is just beautiful and very heartfelt. The Walls are the only witness of what we go through. I like your fourth stanza. My husband has been gone almost three years. Thanks for your comments on Lost days Of September and also for sharing this with us. Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 12:48:00 AM
    A heartfelt write on the subject Joyce. Very touching. A great entry for the contest, wish you luck with it.

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 9:15:00 PM
    A great write of personification with honest feelings of love and loss, Joyce. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Hugs, Rhonda