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The “Go Away” Gnome

The “Go Away” Gnome

written by: Andrada Costoiu


He was alone,
Lost among garden lamps
Scissors and plastic plants.

All of his friends were gone,
Left for new homes, they all had signs of
“Welcome” or “Garden maintained by gnomes”
or other peculiar signs that made them special.

His sign was “Go away”.
He understood that nobody liked him,
Because they were either making fun of his sign,
Or of his eyebrows that his maker has drawn too high.

Whatever they made him look like,
It was not who he really was.
Inside of him was quiet,
He was like all the others,
Wanting to see the sunshine,
Wanting to feel the rain.

Maybe somebody will pick him up tomorrow,
Maybe some angry person,
That wants to shoo away the neighborhood kids,
Or maybe someone that was like him,
Angry looking on the outside but gentle within.

He is still waiting for someone to need him,
For someone to understand.

Andrada Costoiu

Andrada Costoiu

Andrada Costoiu spent her young years in communist Romania until she left with only two suitcases to the land where all her dreams will come true. She now lives in California with her family, where she spends her time between academic research and writing stories that come from her heart. Her academic work and her literary endeavors have been published in various international journals and publications. She is the author of the poetry collection “Love poems: insights into the complicated mystery of love.” She enjoys writing on the deep sense of life and on philosophical questions. You can find more of her writing at her personal blog: Andrada’s world, where she frequently writes about her experiences, events and people that are an inspiration to her.
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