no happy endings

Once a shiny toy with a pretty bow,
it now has lost its halo,
rusty creaks and dirty smears,
cobwebs and bitter tears,
nothing left of the old glamour
but hard words and broken nails.

That’s the way things end,
if they’re not tended,
a ways down the road,
when forgetfulness and neglect
slip and slide down the street
of I old you so
(often and repeatedly).

Hearts are tender things,
love a whisper in your ear
tiny seed of a promise,
nothing more nothing less,
never a full grown flower,
that’s only the bow we put on it
to hide that all it is,
is the potential to be more.

Graffiti on the wall
tells the story
of first bloom and sparks,
of humdrum days and nights
and underneath the slow decay,
no Prince Charming’s kiss
to resurrect it from its death,
just fizzled out and gone,
forever lost in history.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way, shape or form without my written permission.

Just something that came into my head. I am still in fairy tale mode. Or maybe it’s ‘anti-fairy-tale-mode’?


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 3 years ago

    You write with a strength that moves me to tears. Wonderful poetry.

  • Wow! Thank you Anna. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 3 years ago

    oh sigh I bit my lip
    amazingly raw, it makes me wonder about this fear of “forever lost in history”
    I shall ponder this inking all day

  • Thank you Lisa, you just made my day! :-) xoxo ♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 3 years ago

    so much for fairy tales, huh. sigh………reality sometimes sucks. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • It does indeed. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Jacqui! Much, much appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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