Robbie’s Inspiration: A poem – She lives, and yet she’s dead

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Here is a moving and powerful poem by Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie's inspiration

She lives

and yet she’s dead

eyes

that once sparkled with joy

now small and mean

watching everything

with criticism

with antagonism

with misery.

***

She lives

and yet she’s dead

love

that once flowed unrestrained

now impeded

by the scattered debris

of a shattered mind

dripping sporadically

it never pools

***

She lives

and yet she’s dead

pride

in family achievement

unfailing support

the family stalwart

now crushed

beneath the daily struggle

to maintain the I

***

Deep within

the fleshy shell

where once

a soul lived and thrived

remains the spark

of what once was

a mere flicker

for she is dead

and yet she lives.

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