Short Poems by Shirley Ballard

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“Ruthless Hearts”

little by little

we learn to love

to give and take

from someone dear

then time takes over

and washes the colors away

little by little

we learn to hate


“Each Day”

each day we’re intimate with it

it caresses our hair

and face like a lover

but it’s not…

and we have to live with it

it’s called air


“The Special Drawer”

the drawer was filled

with odd bits

parts of old theatre tickets

one stained with red wine drops

another with mini notes

time and locations and love



life feels incomplete…

a task waiting to be done.


“Waiting For Dark”

so I can see

how for granted

do we take eyes

for granted…

don’t take it away

don’t lose it

to the dark

Shirley Ballard

86 yrs. Actress

(Miss Calif. 1944)


  1. lkthayer · June 29, 2011

    I love you and your poems Shirley! – Lisa 🙂

  2. Alexis Rhone Fancher · June 29, 2011

    Always a treat to read your poems on The Juice Bar, Shirley. I love your wisdom & how you flirt with life. Brava!

  3. Lordy · June 29, 2011

    It’s never the length but the sheer thrust that has the most impact!
    Retrospect from a great lady !!! luverrrrrrrd them..

  4. Jerry Laveroni · August 2, 2012

    Shirley your poems are a breath of air and this is from the past Jerry Laveroni new York city 2012

  5. Jerry Laveroni · August 2, 2012

    If you can contact me via email I have lived in the city for 22 years
    Google my name

    • lkthayer · August 2, 2012

      I will pass on your message Jerry! She is in the hospital on the mend…thanks for your comment!

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