The Building was still Unfinished by Bogdan Dragos

A troubled and sad woman standing in front a rundown building face
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They will never finish the building

It would stay in its skeletal form


because the government is


but then

they all are

so it wasn’t the grandest

tragedy of the world

It was a fun place for

the kids

A place where they pretended to be

monkeys and did parkour

and whatnot

A place where tight friendships 

and love were to

be discovered

and kept hidden in the various

incomplete rooms

and under unfinished stairs

The unfinished building was the

wonderland of a truly magical childhood

And it was still unfinished by

the time childhood ended

It’s been twenty years

and her girlfriends kept asking

her why she wasn’t

dating or starting a family

She just shrugged. Said she didn’t

want to hurt any men

It was enough those twenty years

ago when she

told a boy that he had to

walk across the high ledge if he wanted her kiss

Poor kid was too dumb and love-struck

for his own good,

but his fall and death took her out of the

tomboy phase.

She no longer sought adventure

and thrill

twenty years…

And the building was

still unfinished


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s tale about an unfinished building is more than just a story of bricks and mortar. It has a soul that laments. Often abandoned places become a place of refuge for the wild and silly passions of youth. But sometimes such actions become regrets that last a lifetime. A young woman’s life remains unfinished too.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Thank you, Terveen! You said it right 🙂 The young woman’s life and heart remain as incomplete as the building, as she never could get over what happened when she played in the building (︶︿︶)

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  2. ayiekosami says:

    I love your poem, the images, so deep and real. Corruption never gets anything done whatsoever.

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    1. Thank you, Ayieko! You’re right, corruption gets a lot of things started, but finishes none (╥﹏╥)

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  3. brittabenson says:

    Every time I read one of your poems, Bogdan, I try to guess the twist and as per usual, I was wrong. Your poetry has so many layers and works on so many levels, the more often I read one of your pieces, the more I discover. More, please!

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    1. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ Aw, thank you! That’ll be what I want as well 🙂 To keep on writing (and publishing)
      ˚ ᆺ ˚

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  4. elcieloyelinfierno says:

    Very painful entrance! But in the age of innocence; fantasy can be more than reality. Boys can think of themselves as superheroes at any time. A cordial greeting.

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    1. Thank you!
      Indeed, sometimes it is our stubbornness to let go of fantasy that hinders us from properly living our reality
      ( っ- ‸ – c)


  5. Midian Poet says:

    Bogdan…its strong,its almost alive before my eyes…GREAT! Congrat, brother in arm. Hi from Moravia,Czech republic. Im sorry, for this, when i thinking about you i see Jugoslavian poet, who erote poem ,,Jama” from secon dworld war,i dont know his name sorry,but that poem change my life too… Hold on,be creative, You are the BEST!

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    1. Thank you! ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و
      I’m not far from Yugoslavia myself (I’m from Romania) ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶

      I think the poet you’re referring to is Ivan Goran Kovačić who wrote the epic anti-war poem called “The Pit” (fantastic work indeed).

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      1. Midian Poet says:

        Yes,exactly, is him,Ivan Goran Kovačić and the poem ,,The Pit” . And You are from Romania…beautiful country!
        Hold on, keep good work , be yours, be strenght, be creative !
        Nice day ! 🙂

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        1. ヽ(•‿•)ノ Thanks! You too 🙂


  6. Susi Bocks says:

    Well expressed, Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you, Susi! (′ꈍᴗꈍ‵)

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      1. Susi Bocks says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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  7. BBYCGN says:

    oooh, so tragic. Also “parkour” is a new word for me. Fabulous writing! Vivid description.

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    1. (๑*ᗜ*) Thanks! My word processor (Open Office) also doesn’t recognize the word “parkour”. It thinks it’s a spelling error ┐(´•_•`)┌

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      1. BBYCGN says:

        Hahaha 🤪 I looked it up and it is a real word. You are just smarter than Open Office. 😉

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        1. (ง^ᗜ^)ง It’s a nice sport now that I think about it… But it’s relatively new and Open Office is too old to know about it :))

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  8. Love your poetry. Bogdan, it’s so so true corrupted people starts new projects but never complete it. Do keep writing.

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    1. Thanks! Will try my best. That’s a promise ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

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  9. jonicaggiano says:

    This piece took me back to my own elementary days and an abandon house where I would play. Great ending to this piece, a sadness that one can only imagine. Lovely piece, thanks for the memories.

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    1. Thanks!
      Always happy to hear I’ve awakened memories in a reader (◍•ᴗ•◍)

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Yes and they are wonderful memories. So thank you again Dragos. 🦋

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  10. gwengrant says:

    Absolutely love this poem.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen! (´・ᴗ・`)

      Much appreciated! 🙂


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