Where did she lose herself?

No matter how hard

she tries

this thing floats

to the top

it won’t stay down

just won’t let up

(it’s aim to drown)

***

So many years

shes’ dealt with the hurt

gone for a while

comes back for more

***

it started long ago

many paths

she’s traversed

since then

so much hurt

many men

***

the quest for love

started early on

it was not meant

for her she learned

when she was so tender

so young

***

she sought

high and low

when family failed

she looked to others

mostly male

***

Each one carved

from her heart

a small piece

never caring

what they took

from this lovely woman

so like a piece of art

***

so certain

it was she

she gave more away

til nothing was left

but a shell

hope now bereft

**

she still

seeks for love

they take

what they can get

though beauty

youth and self

there is nothing left