Hornsby Girls' High School, 2013 – Student Poems, Class 7Q

(in response to Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’)
 
Class 7Q
 
 
Millie
 
I have to run.
I can not run
with mother’s pearl earrings
and
father’s jacket.
I have to say
goodbye.
 
The soldier stands
tall, silent
over me
and
with a wave of his hand
I am pulled
away.
 
Of course I’m alone
surrounded by others
but alone
and
I may not see them again,
but I stay strong
for war is raging.
 
 
Rithika
 
She looks behind
with a tentative look
Nothing binds her
to this place
 
 
Arushi
 
Longing, hesitant, and then
Trying, stopping, unsure
As the memories cascade
Down, tumbling, fumbling
Like the scarf upon her head.
 
 
Lauren
 
Her steps hesitant
Reluctant to go
A sob bubbling up
In her throat
Where is happiness now?
 
 
Caitlin
 
She is afraid
afraid of what is coming
afraid of what is gone
afraid of the answer
afraid of finding out
 
 
Oindrila
 
she looks back
as if searching for hope
but she turns
and heads into the darkness
that swallows her up.
she’s gone.
 
 
Nashita
 
Forlorn longing shone in her eyes.
He’d finally leave this life of lies.
then why do they
haunt – those incessant cries.
 
 
Shelyne
 
The girl with the pearl earring,
from the turban, to her
brown, tattered jacket and
pearl earring, she was no
ordinary person.
 
 
Hashini
 
Heading towards darkness
Grief and fear
Suffering loss and being broken
Yet the only thing that shines
Are these silver pearl earrings.
 
 
Katrina
 
My fellow colleague, a betrayer;
wanting to boost my reputation,
but did I want it? No, I
had earned this by being earnest,
yet I had to. It was a once in
a lifetime opportunity.
Tears rushing down my
face, I continue to make
my future with hesitance.
 
 
Andria
 
Tired eyes cry,
Pleading:
“Don’t make me go.”
“I beg you.”
But she had to.
I had to
Let her go.
Her earring fatened,
The only possession
She treasured.
I’ll treasure
This one last look
As she enters the dark
Forever.
 
 
Olivia
 
Her pearl earrings gleam in the
darkness.
Her eyes: hopeful, wistful, lonely.
Her clothes are ill-fitting; they
hide her identity.
Her rosy lips are parted; goodbye
they are saying.
 
 
Zoe
 
She looked back
Her eyes showed grief
The pearl glistened in the dark
She wanted to leave
 
 
Christine
 
I gaze through the
open window, watching
the painter carefully
depicting the young
girl’s features onto an
empty canvas.
The girl looked sad, forlorn,
with a wistful atmosphere.
 
 
Rebecca
 
It was the last,
The last time, now
She would be
Gone, forever
I cried for her
as she entered the darkness
 
 
Michelle
 
Drifting to the darkness
of the tunnel.
A little pearl brought back the
light.
Moving closer, step by
step.
A girl in rags begins to appear with the shine
of the light of the pearl.
 
 
Joanne
 
She glances behind
With her weak eyes
Heartbroken
And heading to darkness.
 
 
Olivia
 
Soulful eyes longing,
Desiring,
As if watching a ghost.
A memory of what could have been.
 
 
Tania
 
She appeared out of nowhere,
her earring glinting in the darkness.
She seemed lost and confused.
 
 
Victoria
 
Her eyes spoke sorrow
Her body is the light from
Heaven to land
Like a pearl shining in darkness
Looking back with regret
What happened
 
 
Daniella
 
Changed
It has been a decade
Her pearl sparkles
Yet the face looks in despair
How…
 
 
Jenny
 
She looks back,
her expression displays:
reluctance, expectance and hesitance.
 
She lets me in,
waves of emotion surge:
helplessness, loneliness and finality
 
Goodbye
she whispers
then she leaves
 
 
Masha
 
She started to walk away
I called her name, and she turned
There was pain in her eyes
She didn’t want to go
She whispered ‘goodbye’
And trailed into the darkness
 
 
Keerthi
 
This coat,
The headscarf,
The pearl earring,
I just felt like chucking it
back at my fake parents
And going back to the life I treasured,
Where I was left alone.
 
 
Leanne
 
My mouth is rigid
They cannot move
Still/ lifeless, posing for
the painting
Discomfort shows on my
face
They do not notice
They don’t care
The hours of standing still
The burden strains my back
 
 
Anonymous
 
The remorse in her face,
grief in her eyes,
are no match to the
glinting pearl and
lush fabric; the head
gear waiting to be
draped over her face, somewhat seems to
add an air of mystery to her
striking appearance; in the alleyway of
darkness, she brings brightness of
wealth and status.
 
 
Devika
 
With her sombre eyes,
In co-ordinance with her
Sad face,
She is leaving
Nothing but
Her homeland and
Belongings
Her old world
Disappearing away
To the new world that lies ahead of her.
 
 
Josie
 
She turns her back
against the looming
darkness,
and looks towards
the light,
something she would
never see again,
feel again,
and it shines for the last time on her,
her image soaking up all the memories.
 
 
Anusha
 
Her eyes linger hesitantly,
challenging her decision
should she go or should she stay?
the girl with the pearl earring
 
 
Victoria
 
Staring into emptiness,
she wonders. What
will happen to her
wen she
leaves her family. Leaving
behind her hope,
she walks to the darkness, taking
only her pearl earring.