Of Lipsticks, Little Girls, and Big Dreams by Shobana Gomes

A small girl leaning backwards and laughing as autumn leaves fall around her
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She was about five or six

With lovely piercing eyes

Not one to miss out on details

She looks around.

She caught my eye

No smile but look again she did

My look warm, my eyes smiling,

She turns away

Was that look one of beguile?

Her little barbie doll clasped in her arms,

Her little lips the color of scarlet,

A handbag to match the shoe she wore,

She looked at me once again,

Like my buttons were undone,

And turns away.

I walk up to her my hands extended,

I want to be your friend it said,

Could I have the honor of you being mine,

She smiles a little unsure,

Her first words,

“I like the color of your lipstick, it’s just like mine.”

It dawns,

My buttons weren’t undone,

The color caught her eye

Of this lipstick of mine,

I made a friend,

Or did she make one.

On account of a lipstick,

A little girl and big dreams,

Just like mine.


Shobana Gomes lives in sunny Malaysia. She believes that poetry is a culmination of heart and soul. Therein she finds her peace and inspiration. She advocates that life is a gift and believes that every person has a right to freedom. You can follow her on her social media pages or visit her blog SIMPLY SHOBANA to read her work.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Flesch says:

    What a beautiful poem, Shobana. I’m all lit up and smiling. So beautiful.

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    1. Hey Jeff, Just a thing I wrote about thinking how little girls emulate women. haha. Thank you.

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        Ah, got it. It’s super lovely. You’re most welcome, Shobana. Always.


  2. Why did a 5yr-old girl have scarlet lips (lipstick)? Am I missing something….?……

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    1. Gosh, you missed it totally Don. The little girl was wearing a red tone lipstick, like emulating their mamas. haha. Thanks for reading.

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      1. I’m not the sharpest spade in the shed…..

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        1. Haha. Have a great weekend and thank you for reading.


  3. This is clearly wonderful and charming, my friend Shobana. Tells a sweet beautiful story crafted out of great thoughts and love.

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    1. Thank you, Lamittan. So happy you liked it. A short story about a little girl with big dreams, my friend.

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      1. Yes. It’s wonderful and encouraging, my sister. I love every piece of it. Feel most welcome, dear. 💞❤💞


  4. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a precious piece. I can just see this little girl. Lovely work. Congratulations on another publication!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Joni. So happy you liked it.

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      1. jonicaggiano says:



  5. A delightfully heartwarming piece…!

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  6. Thank you so much and that you find it heartwarming is great:)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Love your sweet tender poem Shobana! xo

    Liked by 1 person

  8. a rare girl says:

    Simply beautiful poem. 💛

    Liked by 1 person

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