He Never Saw Her Value

He never saw her value,

the way the sun drew out

the gold in her hair and  her heart,

until it was too late.



mining worth from the

crumbs he tossed at her feet,

she died to him slowly;

over years of neglect,

the arteries seeking sap

withered and found new source.

He reaches,

but grasps air –

she is falling,


ore he can no longer touch,

gem he can no longer claim

as his own.

22 comments on “He Never Saw Her Value

  1. Lori Lipsky says:

    Too often true. We don’t value what we have until it’s lost to us. In the meantime, the neglected one suffers until it’s emotionally too late.

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Boy, this one Grabs you. Powerful, Melody.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you…. I’m sure you have a little something to relate to on this one? 😦

      • Caddo Veil says:

        You know the odd thing, Melody, is that I often exclude myself from “these stories”, simply because of my lack of longevity in the painful situation. But if the tragic results are the same, why should it matter that it was “only” 3 years (using my marriage as example)? Three years can be an eternity, eh?

      • melodylowes says:

        There is no ‘only’ to that kind of pain, my friend – you did the time It still counts!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Thank you so very much–I needed to hear that today. The scars are deep, and I do a great job of dancing fast to avoid the memories. Bless your dear heart!

      • melodylowes says:

        It is all to easy to compare our pain, and allow ours to not hold its head up to others – but it is still pain, and needs both to be acknowledged, and healed! I walk with you to freedom, Caddo!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Walking arm in arm with our sisters makes the whole “ordeal” so worth it–way fun! We are BLESSED!

  3. RoSy says:

    Nice – but – a sad reality.

  4. Robert Rife says:

    The bittersweet hidden in what once was only sweet. Crap, I think I’ll use that!

  5. Debbie says:

    I love how your poems are lessons . . how you see more in the nature around you than just plants and leaves and rocks. 🙂 Oh so good, Melody! Write on!

  6. Herbstbaum says:

    Sad and true, if one doesn´t care for its own worth.

  7. You’ve captured the whole of an unfulfilled married life in this short piece.

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