Tuesday, January 17, 2012


[Funny, sad & sweet—another of Barbie Dockstader Angell’s lovely Chaplinesque poems! & some of Barbie's wonderful artwork too.]


I’ve packed too much again you see,
I do this every time.
I fill my bag up to the top
and I must leave things behind.
I have some extra memories
and precious souvenirs.
I left behind a wish or two
and lots of empty fears.
I took a ton of snapshots
which are stored inside my mind.
But I packed too much again you see,
so I left my heart behind.

Barbie Dockstader Angell
© 2009-present


  1. It hurts to hear the heart left behind among the empty fears and a couple of wishes (and maybe the suggestion that those are the contents of the heart). There are always decisions in life on what to take and what to leave, and it feels like we're always leaving important things behind, and do we always even recognize what's important and what isn't? Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking poem.

  2. And then - what if there are too many important things? How do we pick and choose between them? And it feels weird to say "too many important things" as if that's a bad set of circumstances. (Sorry for the double comment; this poem is settling into my head now...)

  3. thank you hkatz....so much to think about. it makes me wonder if i should've added more stanzas to this piece. :) this is a true story about an ex-fiance who i went to visit. he & i always seemed to have unfinished business in our relationship & when i returned home i realized it would always be unfinished. like it or not, he would probably always have a part of my heart. :) i don't know if that helps or hurts the poem....but you seemed to be looking for answers & i always love your comments.

    john hayes, robert frost's banjo appears to have become a "behind the music" for my poetry. :)

  4. Hi HKatz & Barbie!

    HKatz: I also love your comments & really appreciate your taking the time to engage so thoroughly with the writing that's posted here!

    Barbie: I think that's great! :)

  5. Another neat combination of word and image.


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