"ŒUFS" (Eggs), illustration by Adolp...

“ŒUFS” (Eggs), illustration by Adolphe Millot from Nouveau Larousse Illustré [1897-1904]. See key below for details. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like a speckled egg
Not quite the best
Not quite the perfect one
I grew
Freckled skin
And height before my time
Blemished without cause
Just in the weave of me
A speckled egg
An oddity

Like a speckled egg
Not popular
Not quite within the gang
I hurt
Damage done
Went deep within my soul
Always to feel lesser
The speckled egg
No treasure

The speckled egg
No treasure

© Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

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23 Responses to Speckled

  1. JMC813 says:

    Know this. The speckled egg is a treasure as a result of it’s uniqueness. For no other like it can be found. Like a snowflake, not one the same, all precious and important to life’s purpose.

  2. We’ve always been told that the speckled egg has the best yolk. Truly.x

  3. JoanneBest says:

    As a fellow speckled egg (you have written my life to the letter) we have to remember that it’s better to be a speckled egg (with the best yolk, as scottishmomus pointed out) than to be like the rest of the crowd; like attracts like, we speckled eggs stand out in the long run, having read your words before I know without a doubt, you are a treasure….please try to remember that my dear 🙂

  4. prewitt1970 says:

    Speckled is beautiful 🙂

  5. I had the impression this was more about the ugly duckling. And we know what happened to the ugly duckling. Good poem Helen. Well done.

  6. fibee5 says:

    I think speckled eggs have a real beauty to them 🙂 people can be so cruel to what they see as different.

    • Yes, especially in adolescence I found…it seems that many people become more open to and appreciative of diversity and difference as they grow up (though not all I suppose unfortunately!!). thank you!! 🙂 🙂

  7. Elaine says:

    My Mom was a “speckled egg” when she was young and I thought she was the most beautiful woman I knew! I was always envious of her beautiful auburn hair and freckles. 🙂

  8. Imaginative, and quite powerful, imho. 🙂

  9. speckled eggs – ugly ducklings – the unusual and the different are always looked upon differently…but wait till the egg cracks or the duckling stretches her wings…what magnificence can be found.

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