Poems for broken hearts

Three poems, one theme

This is one moment, / But know that another / Shall pierce you with a sudden painful joy.

T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

loving her


We break things often, stupid, needless things.
Things like plates or cups or tights, or then
there’s things like locks or wheels and those
more important things are harder to fix. People
like to think hearts and feelings are harder
made of stronger stuff
that we can’t fix when broken. That hearts,
once broken, are never fully healed:
I’ll always love you is always a lie unless you
say it on your deathbed. Living people change;
it invites a death of the soul to feign otherwise.

But that’s not romantic. We never share the
worlds inside our heads – and why should we? We
love and breathe and kiss and that should be enough.

We break things often, stupid, needless things.
Things like plates or cups or tights that one night,
but let’s never break what gives us magic, gives
us each a spark that makes us mysterious still to the
one that loves us. Keep your secrets, your inner
worlds; cultivate them and know they are a part
of you for only you to love.
There’s more beauty in solidarity anyway.

I always preferred whiskey to water

We’re not perfect curations, collections
of things or the others that leave us
like so many dyes in water. We are not
water, to only be made foul by experience.

Exactly three months later – an update!

Alas no, the heartbreak theme and my absence aren’t linked: I’ve been busy over the last few months with writing some longer work and starting a new job during the pandemic. But I’m back in business with weekly updates on Thursdays!

So, why heartbreak as theme…?

Well, I’ve been writing a heartbroken character recently, ergo – poems! Poetry is a healthy way of extracting yourself from the headspace of a character when you’ve had to spend a lot of time with them, so even if you don’t usually write poems, I can fully recommend it.

It’s a useful tool for providing a new perspective or giving you cool turns of phrase to use in a novel or short story.

I have my next few weeks lined up with posts, so stay tuned.

Stay safe and carry on writing!

This week’s featured image is by Antonio Palmerini.

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