Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted May 7, 2024

This work has reached the exceptional level
Vulnerability revealing pain in the past

Queen of River Denial

by Esther Brown

I took off my mask, showed you my wounds, and shared my life story.

Hoping for acceptance, forgiveness, love and understanding. 

You are shocked to silence, looking away and I worry. 


Now my naked soul, unclothed, stands shivering in the breeze

My sins exposed, soul judged, ashamed, and bleeding.

I am begging someone to find my clothes please.


Telling my story shames me, maims me, leaves me alone.

Now I’m hiding like Eve behind a tree, hoping you won’t keep looking.

Let me conceal myself in a shadow of my own.  


Let me dress again, bring me fig leaves, I will cover sin so vile.

Let me pretend, floating aimlessly, unknown, unseen down life’s river.

Let me return to The Queen of the River of Denial.


Emotions Poetry Contest contest entry



It has been very hard at times to be honest with myself and my audience. Especially those of my own family.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by Renate-Bertodi at

Save to Bookcase Promote This Share or Bookmark
Print It View Reviews

You need to login or register to write reviews. It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

© Copyright 2024. Esther Brown All rights reserved.
Esther Brown has granted, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.