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Ellen Everett is a Nashville-based poet, author, and visual storyteller.
At just 19, she published her debut poetry collection, “I Saw You As A Flower.” She launched her second poetry book “If Hearts Had Training Wheels,” in 2022, which she designed and illustrated herself as well.
What’s special about Ellen Everett is how she uses poetic metaphors and analogies to take our apparently ordinary everyday feelings and turn them into grand gestures. It’s as if she gives a proper name to our small but important feelings and moments through her words.
15 Ellen Everett Poems
if i becomeEllen Everett
anything in my lifetime
let it be the wind
what a wondrous thing
to be felt
without being seen
and againEllen Everett
i go to bed early
because it hurts too much
to stay awake
and think about
how you aren’t here
the only place
i can be with you
is in my dreams
If you’re looking for forever,
I’ll take the batteries out of my clocks.
So that we’ll be stuck inside this moment,
as if time had really stopped.
I would tell you I love you every second,
except here, seconds do not exist.
So I’ll say I love you with each breath,
with each smile, with each kiss.
And when I die, you can crank your watch,Ellen Everett
restart your clocks, begin the time.
And know that we were infinite
in the moment that you were mine.
time doesn’t wait on us;Ellen Everett
it doesn’t pause for us to play.
it doesn’t stop for us to complete our dreams;
it moves forward either way.
it doesn’t press rewind;
a moment passed is a moment lost.
if you didn’t speak your heart,
then regret will be the cost.
time goes on forever,
but our time will surely end.
if you don’t make the most of the time you have,
then time is not your friend.
It’s obvious that time doesn’t hit the pause button so we can take a break or just relax. It just keeps on going, whether we’re ready for it or not. And here’s the thing – it won’t even stop for us to chase our dreams. It’s like a train that never waits for stragglers.
Time also doesn’t do rewinds. Once a moment passes, it’s gone. If you didn’t say what you really felt or do what you wanted to do, that moment is lost forever. And the cost of that loss? Regret.
Think of it like we have this tiny hourglass, and once the sand runs out, that’s why we need to make the most of the time we’ve got. If we don’t, time becomes less of a friend and more of a reminder of missed opportunities.
In a nutshell, this poem by Ellen Everett is a reminder to appreciate the moments we have, be true to ourselves, and not let time slip away without making the most of it. After all, time doesn’t wait – it’s always moving, and we’ve got to keep up!
are you okayEllen Everett
i respond as quickly
as i can
so they will not
notice the earthquakes
in my voice
or the tsunamis
in my eyes
or the drought
in my heart
i hope that you never knowEllen Everett
what it feels like
to brush your teeth
with the bathroom lights off
reflection in the mirror
unworthy to be seen
be a lightEllen Everett
that doesn’t cast shadows
have a smile
and create a happiness
that can be taken by
poetry is the musicEllen Everett
who cannot sing
Poets use words to paint pictures, to evoke emotions, and to tell stories in a way that music simply cannot. Using words to connect sounds and meanings, they create melodies in language that touch our hearts.
Poetry is not just about words, though. It is about the rhythm of those words, the way they dance and swirl around each other. It is about the music inside the language, just waiting to be heard.
So as you read these Ellen Everett poems, listen to the music they’re expressing, Let the rhythm wash over you and let the emotions flow through you.
After all, poetry is the music for those who cannot sing, but it is a music that is just as beautiful and just as powerful.
sometimes, I just needEllen Everett
to be reminded
that there are still things
that notice me
amongst the loneliness
how do I grow my heart backEllen Everett
after I’ve given it away?
Maybe it’s just like the moon;
it was never gone—
it’s just been dark here for a while
and a day will come
when the light of life
will overake me
and my crescent heart
will become full again
the audacityEllen Everett
to tell you
they love you
it is only
their brain speaking
and not their heart
i was wrong to mistake you for oxygen –Ellen Everett
to think that i needed you to live.
because you were actually
the Very element that suffocated
-you’re gone and i can breathe again
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve mistaken something or someone for being absolutely essential to our existence.
It’s a common human experience, isn’t it? But unfortunately, it’s almost as if we’ve collectively held on to something toxic all while thinking it’s necessary for our well-being.
Sooner or later, we have to let go of whatever stifles us. Think about it: haven’t we all felt that sigh of relief when something that was holding us back is finally removed from our lives? It’s like a long-due breath of life itself again.
So, let’s always do our best to understand the difference between what we think we need and what is actually holding us back. Sometimes, letting go of toxicity is the key to finding the freedom to breathe and live without constraints.
I know it’s there, it’s in the air
Hope; it’s hard to find when life strips is bare
But I’ll search for it on the wings of a prayer
I know eventually it will come back to me.
One day, hope won’t be hard to see.
My hardened heart will soon be free.
I know it’s there, it’s in the air.
we dream of beingEllen Everett
loved like gold
but we settle for someone
who loves us like silver
and we wonder
why we tarnish
you singEllen Everett
love songs to me
with your eyes
10 Ellen Everett Quotes
oh how difficultEllen Everett
the time you had with someone
Balancing celebration and mourning is a delicate thing as we think about the relationships that have shaped our lives.
It is a mixture of cherishing the joy and laughter we shared and absorbing the pain and loss we experienced. On one hand, we want to hold onto those memories. But on the other hand, a wave of sadness crashes into us as we live the reality of loss.
And what’s challenging is finding a way to honor both these emotions making peace with the fact that these emotions are not mutually exclusive, but rather two sides of the same coin.
So, let us honor the love that we felt, the joy that was shared, and the pain that lingers, because, in the end, it is in this delicate balance that we find true healing and growth.
laughter is the musicEllen Everett
in a world
full of too much silence
and the silence
in a world
full of too much noise
even if i amEllen Everett
i will not
not the princess –
i am the dragon
and every now and then
i burn myself
with my own fire
you drink nectarEllen Everett
with the hummingbirds
but prey with the vultures
and you wonder why
you cannot be trusted
-you are who you are with
The hummingbirds here symbolize sweetness, innocence, and purity with their delicate wings and gentle nature. The nectar they drink is a life-giving substance, and their presence evokes a sense of peace and tranquility.
On the other hand, the vultures, with their scavenging habits, represent darkness, death, and decay. The association with prey tells us their willingness to take from others without regard for their well-being.
Similarly, some people are a hummingbird in the presence of hummingbirds, and a vulture in the presence of vultures, which ultimately leads to a confused, untrustworthy personality.
That’s why they say, ‘’A man is known by the company he keeps.’’ In other words, If we want people to see us as honest and trustworthy, we should pay attention to the people we hang out with and make sure we consistently act in a truthful and reliable way.
I want love to inhabitEllen Everett
every home in my body.
I thought maybe the sea would speak to me. I thought that somewhere between the sandy hair and salty skin, I’d hear something. I sat by the ocean and waited for a clarity that didn’t come. It was just one wave crashing after the other. Not answers. Or reasons why. The tide just kept falling against the shore. It couldn’t stop if it wanted to. I guess life keeps on going whether our questions are answered or not. The only thing we can do is keep living.
gather up your limbsEllen Everett
If you’re feeling empty today, gather up
your limbs. Take them on a walk. Drink in
the sunlight; fill your lungs with new air.
Let the birdsongs inspire you. How they
lift their heads and sing despite everything.
Inhale the beauty of living. Exhale the rest
I let the sunEllen Everett
give me freckles
so i could share
a piece of sunshine
with someone in the dark
Let’s dive into this lovely little Ellen Everett quote together, shall we? Imagine standing under the warm, golden rays of the sun, feeling its gentle touch on your skin.
But, hold on a second – why freckles? Well, because these freckles aren’t just cute dots on your skin; they’re like tiny bits of sunshine that the sun itself has showered on you.
It’s as if the sun created these freckles so that you could share a piece of its beautiful warmth and light with those who need it the most but can’t see the light just yet because of their inner demons.
In short, it’s like a poetic way of telling us all to pass on positivity, and frankly, who wouldn’t want to be a walking, talking spreader of hope, right?
my veins are blueEllen Everett
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