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The Runaway’s Ballad, Written by Toni L.A. Cross 12/8/09

a girl not so young

a woman not yet grown

decides she needs the world to see

she gathers her treasures

and bundles them together

she counts out her riches

to pay for her fare


to adventure

to freedom

to find her own heart

a journey to end all- an epic of self


she has not enough

to travel in style

she buckles her shoes on

and sets out skipping

for a while at least

the sun to her back

as she runs to the west


to hope

to destiny

to find out the truth

a journey to end all- an epic of self


her hair is disheveled

dust streaking her face

she trudges along

not wanting to turn back

the road stretches long

and the sun rises high

home is behind now


to somewhere

to something

to reach the great “more”

a journey to end all- an epic of self

This poem is a part of my experiment with different styles of poetry. Click on the category to see others.
Ballad: This is an old style of writing poetry, which was used to tell stories. A ballad usually has stanzas made up of either seven or eight or ten lines, and ends with a short four or five line stanza. Each stanza ends with the same line, which is called ‘a refrain’.


About goatgirlbookworm

My name is Toni Clegg, and I was raised on a farm in the far north of the United States. I love to read and write and I hope to use those hobbies in a greater way in the days to come. One of my passions is using whatever influence I have to make a difference in the world.

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