DOES NO ONE NOT CARE AT ALL
but no one cares to listen.
but no one sees my tears.
I’m shivering in the cold and lonely darkness,
but no one cares to know my fears.
but no one cares about my pain.
I’m drowning in despair
but no one tries to save me.
I’m hearing the voices of the little evil men.
I’m seeing demons no one else can see.
but no one tries to catch me.
yet everyone smiles.
I’m helpless, and I’m asking for a hand
as my friends stand laughing all the while.
I talk. I cry. I shiver. I hurt.
I drown. I hear. I trip. I fall,
while everyone stands around me laughing.
Does no one not care at all?
* Just a quick note. It was difficult to choose “just one” third place and honorable mention winner. Therefore, there are two in each group. Out of several entries–which is great for a humble and aspiring novelist, poet, and blogger such as myself–the submissions were pared down to the following list:
The Hope That Lies Beyond by Rick Puetter First Place Winner
51 Hillview Street by Will Neill Second Place Winner
Daddy Do You Hear Me by Katherine Stokes Third Place Winner
Rich or Poor by Tate Morgan Third Place Winner (Visit him here)
Does No One Not Care by Gwendolyn Payton *(See above)
The First Sinking by Christina *Available only to members of http://www.writerscafe.org