Wounds Of The Heart

27 Apr

We have all loved, lost, and felt the aching in our heart.  The pain can be unbearable at times in the moment.  There are lost loves that will always sit in our heart in a special place.  Some may pine.  Some may just remember sometimes with a smile.

I have the gift of feeling what those whom I’m connected to feel.  Pain, hurt, and sorrow seem to be the deepest. I wrote a poem back in college based on the shared feelings.  It was a difficult situation overall and one that had a bittersweet ending.  But, I wound up with a piece that I’m proud of still.  It’s the one I share over and over with my friends going through similar situations.  I did a follow-up to the poem several months later.

Irregular Fate (© 1992, Debi Smith)

Young man

red-eyed and on his knees,

folded hands, begging for mercy.

She spits in his face and grins.

Laughing at him,

straightening her frame,

she cocks the gun;

a finger settles on the trigger.

Stopping his pleas,

the silence begins to grow

between their glassy eyes

-her finger tapping pressure.

He feels the bullet

skewer his skin

and find a home in his heart

-she turns and walks out.

His heart slows its beat,

scarlet blood oozing,

creeping over his chest

onto white roses and black tile.

He remains alive after

six hours under anesthesia,

fated to live

with an irregular heart.

Untitled (© 1992, Debi Smith)

Young woman

bright-eyed, in a wheelchair,

moves next to his hospital bed.

He sleeps soundly from pain killers.

Mouth frowning,

right hand slowly moving

across his chest;

his body jolts awake.

Eyelids fly open

and he sees her

starting to back away

-he grabs the wheelchair arm.

Looking into his eyes

she feels the pain she saw

on his face as he slept.

-“Please stay.”

Her hand moves to cover his;

they see pain diminishing

in each other’s eyes

and life growing in their smiles.

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Uncategorized



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