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Portraits Poetry Series #78: The Pain of Indifference

I know I haven’t done this in a while, but I thought you might enjoy it.


In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.




She found hope

In the small flowers

Growing rebelliously

Out of the sidewalk cracks.

She lingered over their beauty

Wondering what it meant

In this cold, dark place

Where she has sewn

Her experience –

Alone, and without a family.

Passersby, in life

Just walked on by –

Ignoring the little girl’s

Need to believe in something.

And many – trampled on past

Their disregard, taking away

What little hope she had left.

It is cold here, in the city

In the passing crowds

Who want no connection,

Who cannot trust

Who refuse to feel.

It is cold here, in the city

In the looming, gray buildings

That segregate the masses

And on the streets,

Where she sleeps.

And no one knows the coldness best

Than the little girl,

Who calls the streets her home

And who found hope

Were none should have grown.

Daily she stoops,

Watering the flowers

Protecting them from neglect

And the truths that she has known –

The pain of indifference.


© Sumyanna 2019


Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

16 thoughts on “Portraits Poetry Series #78: The Pain of Indifference

    1. So glad you liked that one. That image really spoke to me. I haven’t written a new portraits poem in a while (these are all saved) and I really think I need to get back to them. Something about them really speaks to me 🙂


  1. Hi Sumyanna, goood to see you back, and this is a cracker of a poem, and yes there is really to much indifference in our world, and eventhough I hate it, I am surrounded by so much suffering that it is often difficult not to be indifferent. I live in a continent of distress and suffering, very beautiful land to live in, but very full of suffering. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.


    1. Hello Charles! So good to see you and yes, I definitely agree. Sadly, in this age of “getting connected” we are so losing the ability to connect, to have compassion, to make a difference. We are too busy doing our own thing. I know it must be incredibly difficult living under such conditions and seeing the suffering of others. May all our lands some day become the beauty that they can be – for all people. Hope you are doing well. I have genuinely missed you and hope Genevieve is doing well.

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      1. Thanks, yes, it would be great if people could come together, and be able to live harmoniously without suffering and hardship, but allas this is a far off dream. I havfe missed your writings, and our conversations as well, so welcome back.


        1. Thank you and so good to be back. I have missed it greatly! My daughter was ill for a while and I was taking her to appointments. She ended up having a procedure done so now she is much better. I have missed reading about what is going on in your side of the world, though I know you said you weren’t writing as much. Just want you to know – I truly find writing helps me get through the tough times. Sometimes, just being able to say something helps a little.


          1. I read about this in one of your blogs, I am glad your daughter is getting better, and hope it will continue. I also hope your older daughter will find a wanderful campus, and find a great eye opening course to do. My work at the shop is taking up more and more of my time, and tiring me out more and more, so am only managing to blog about once a week, though towards the end of last yhear, it was even less than that. Hoping to get back up and going again though. I think writing also helps me a lot, butired I often fall asleep before being able to turn on the computer. Best wishes and blessings harles.


          2. Thank you, she is doing better. That has been a blessing! My older daughter already knows where she wants to go to school, but we are waiting to hear if she gets a scholarship. She has already been accepted at the colleges she applied to, but this is the school she really wants. She is hoping to pursue Computer Science as well as Business. She wants to be an Entrepreneur. If anyone can do it, I know she can – she is one tough cookie. Dyslexia taught her that and besides, she is stubborn like me 🙂

            I hope things slow down a little at the shop to make things easier for you, but I assume being busy is better than not being busy. Just rest and do what is best for you. We will always be here for you 🙂 I’m also trying to get back into the swing of things but I find that it is more necessary than I realized. I just really need some type of creative outlet and life rarely gives me opportunities like this – so I’m going to take advantage. Besides, it is cheaper than therapy 🙂

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          3. I hope your daughter caries on getting better, and tha the other gets the scolship, so that she can go to the college that she wonts, to do the courses she wonts. The shop is slowly getting less busy after the Christmas rush, so should start getting more time now. We are having terrible electricity outages here at the moment, often not having it at all in the evening, which is now also limitting my time on the internet.

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          4. We are still waiting on the scholarship… shouldn’t know until around April. It is hard waiting, but hopefully it will be worth the wait 🙂 The other young lady is doing much better, thankfully!

            Glad things are slowing down a bit. It has to be hard though, with electricity outages. In the US, we rarely have those, but I have witnessed them in other countries. It makes you realize how much you take things for granted.

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          5. Yes, and now we just have to facter 5 to 6 hours without electricity every day, and it always happens during ones awake hours, not when one is asleep.


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