Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Outcast...

Out here the nights grow cold

And mornings breath casts frosted murmurs 

Upon my crumpled layers, leaving me chilled.

Have you a care?

I thought not.

I am abhorred by most and you are no exception

As you walk by

Repulsed by what you see.

If you could but try to know me better

You would find inside this earthy form

A nature of such generous worth

As to be cherished,

Yet still, you choose to judge me

By the potency of my scent and the textures of my garb.

Come Christmastide when conscience stabs to meet tradition

I am allowed a moment in your shelter

Where, washed and tended, you and yours 

Disguise the horror of my presence

By feigning pleasure in delight of my attendance

But not for long.

Once season's sentiment subsides I am returned to being outcast

Expelled until such time as you see fit, 

Still, I know this

The lingering memory of my life's essence 

Will permeate your senses and disrupt your disposition for some time

Oh yes, my friend, few things are as invasive as a sprout!

©  Copyright LynnGerrard


  1. This is AWESOME. You're led through a poem believing you know what it's about and then BAM your brain is twisted sideways. Kudos

  2. I sincerely thank you once again for your comments...much appreciated...I owe you a big bag of the subject matter for your kindness..haha..;)

  3. Actualkly, I quite like sprouts. I am probably the only person on the planet to cheer them on from the sidelines, but I do. Good poem. Almost had me fooled.... almost, but not quite.

  4. Ooo I too am a sprouty!....Hm..not fooled eh?..Memo to self: Must try harder....

  5. I also like sprouts. And outcasts. And this poem. :)

    1. Haha!..Thank you...my fellow sproutist!...;)

  6. Brilliant..who would have guessed...a sprout!