I am shamed.

I have walked by you,

traded shallow pleasantries, ordered my latté,

gone about my daily nothings, oblivious to your darkness,

you who are lost.

I have cared, but not cared,

because you were other.

I have not seen the fire closing in,

the overwhelming helplessness of your predicament,

you the theoretical heretical stranger.

But lost has become intimate.

Lost now has a face and a heart.

And I am lost in the pain and desperation of helpless please-Gods. 

But you . . .you other,

you have been lost all along, and I didn’t even notice.

And it shames me.


About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
This entry was posted in Christian, Faith, Photography, Poetry, Thoughts, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to Shamed

  1. reinkat says:

    Your poem is beautiful. It really resonates with me, speaks to my heart.

  2. planaquarium says:

    Ah, truly this stings to the core – how often I’ve looked the other way when I should have offered a helping hand.

    I enjoy your blog so much, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blogging Award (details here: You don’t have to accept, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your artistry!

  3. raburcke says:

    Reblogged this on Ralphie´s Portal and commented:
    Wonderful picture and poem!

  4. raburcke says:

    Beautiful, reblogged it!

  5. SL Schildan says:

    Your poem is not lovely, it is gripping in it’s truth and honesty. Thank you, Lilly

  6. randallslack says:

    There is evidence that when Jesus sat at the well and sent His disciples into the city to buy food, they walked right by the Woman at the well as she was going to get water.

    We are all guilty of this, Lilly. May God renew within us all a heart of compassion and a desire to share Him with others.

  7. And now you are related…….so bitter and so sweet

  8. alice pngen ..... says:

    Reblogged this on

  9. Cara Olsen says:

    When reading a poem, you always hope that it will speak to you directly; potent words don’t have the same effect otherwise. I thank you for sharing your heart and shame. It is not yours, alone.


  10. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    ************At work, working on a migraine, so it is a day for reblogs.

  11. Don Chezina says:

    Reblogged this on Don Chezina and commented:
    Para Cotrataciones Artisticas de Don Chezina
    El Booking Original de Don Chezina

I would love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s