Three poems by Barbara Maria Patrizi

BarbaraMariaPatriziBarbara Maria Patrizi has been writing both poetry and fiction since she was a teenage. As a juvenile poet she placed well in a few poetry competitions but she turned to prose later on and her first short story Il Venditore di Sogni was published in 2006. She grew up in a small town in Italy but she currently lives in Galway where she is attending the MA in Writing at NUIG.

 

Three poems by Barbara Maria Patrizi

 

To You, Wherever You Are
 
I spent years thinking I’d found you,
Hiding in people I met every day.
It was never true.
***
I spent years walled in my grief,
Flanked by ghosts.
Always, I was walking on the edge of a frozen cliff.
***
Now I know the ice won’t crack
And the monsters will fade at dawn.
Still, will you fight them with me?
***
I wish you’d come and shake my hand,
I wish you’d look at me and let me know.
I just wish.
***
At times, I wonder where you are
If lost in the world, searching,
Or locked in a dark place, waiting.
***
So I’ll send out my wish,
A white owl in the night,
Hoping it gets there,
To you, wherever you are.

 

People Always Leave
 
You didn’t like it,
you fought it,
you said “I’ll prove you wrong”.
–*–
You gave me laughter,
You gave me smiles,
You gave me all that I’d wanted for so long.
–*–
But autumn always comes after summer
and gold fades to brown and freezes
a crystallized memory of times gone by
–*–
You didn’t like it,
you fought it,
you wanted to prove me wrong.
–*–
But it doesn’t matter
because in the end
People Always Leave.

 

Empty Words

You promised nothing would change.
You promised you would never leave.
But where are you now?
I looked, unseen,
as you drank every word of flattery and lie.
You chose them,
and I turned invisible once more.
You promised nothing would change.
You promised you would never leave.
But things didn’t go as planned
and yours were nothing more
than empty words.

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