Evolving Emotions: Sadness-Poetry

Eyes of Stained Glass


Baggy sweatpants cling to feeble legs

stale and stiff

needed to be washed days ago.


She didn’t wash them. Like her shoes,

her shoes that were stained,

ruined from a soiled world.


And her hair. Curled

but not elegantly. More like unkempt, uncared for,

a nest on her head. Displayed, but not proudly.


Cowering behind her mask,

her appearance in ruins,

but with no name attached.

A person in crisis, no doubt. But who is she?


Beneath coiled knots are worried eyes,

eyes scared to death over lies

told. Doing ‘fine’ but less alive

the more she lingers.


A mass throbbing in her head,

welling in eyes of stained glass


A sickening black

exhalations into evening air,

with a feeling of lack

and indifference.


A dull exterior,

squirming insides inferior

She was something

made into nothing.


Erin Knape is a University of Michigan senior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing. Her greatest passion has always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Capturing Campus, a weekly installment of poetry and photography, aims to capture campus life through artistic expression. Dive into Capturing Campus every Sunday!

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