Who controls the pecking order of life?
Because I’m on the outside
looking in

Nose against the window
like the proverbial stepchild
Taking it on the chin

Living on the edge of the herd
Feeling like the runt of the litter
These are the emotions I bear

Easy to slip into a depression
Dragging others down
Wishing I wasn’t there

Just feeling that life
is dealing me the cards
of endless misery

The ones you fold
so the others would win
Like some kind of trickery

the color of my life
I fall through the cracks

Constantly trying to scale
that overgrown fence
Just once wishing to relax

Feeling imperfect
But knowing I’m not
All I want is a chance

Look at me I’m here
Just like you
Give me a second glance

Determined to begin again
And experience a rebirth
My stellar light will shine

Brighter than before
You’ll concern me no longer
I’ll be stronger next time


Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing©

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  21 comments for “Downtrodden

  1. October 13, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    You are so very talented and always manage to make your poetry so relatable.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Oh Sophia you are so kind! Thank you do much. It means a lot to me. 💕

  2. October 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    This is a fabulous poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. October 11, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Beautifully penned!❤

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  4. October 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    This is really beautiful. Each stanza flows nicely into the next. Great job!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you very much Cindy. I really appreciate it. I’m happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. October 11, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    we are colour Christine – don’t let others dulled our hues – I know how it feels like to be invisible – so this poem is very meaningful to me

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Yes, I agree. Those are old memories for me and I think they resonate with a lot of people at some point in their life. 😢

      • October 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

        it was a struggle to come out from under that shadow – I think you understand it and articulate it so well

      • Christine Bolton
        October 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

        Thank you 💕

  6. October 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful. That´s right, we have to shine brighter each day, no matter what. Beautiful post! I don´t consider myself a big fan of poetry, but yours touched me. Also I loved the mood of your website and the images on it. Have a great life!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much Eduardo for your kind words. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my poetry! 🙂

      • October 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm

        You’re welcome Christine, looking forward to seeing more of it 🙂

  7. October 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    So beautifully said. I’ve been having a little struggle with depression due to physical conditions that have kept me housebound and immobile for the better part of three months. I understand.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope your situation improves soon so you can be mobile again. Thank you for your kind words. Some of the things I write are deep in my memory and occasionally they rise to the surface and I have to address them, usually in a poem.
      Thank you for reading and be well 🙂💕

      • October 12, 2018 at 9:20 am

        Christine, I got the shots I’ve been waiting for yesterday, and the relief is incredible! I think I’ll be back to work on Tuesday, and even better, I’ll be back in church tomorrow morning! Thanks so much for your concern.

      • Christine Bolton
        October 12, 2018 at 9:36 am

        Oh that’s wonderful news! The miracle of pharmaceuticals 🙂
        I’m so pleased you are feeling better.

  8. October 11, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Great writing.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Thank you! 😊

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