Monday, March 8, 2010

Threadbare Heart

by Maria Kelly My heart is hanging by a thread and you stand there holding the other end and smile your saddest smile we know it’s no use no amount of pretending can bring something back that’s lost beyond recovery You pull away and the thread goes with you my heart goes with you, tethered like a balloon leaving me standing here empty without a heart of my own it was always yours it is always yours I don’t need it right now so just take care of it and bring it back to me soon it won’t change anything at all if I have it back it will still be yours Though you won’t be here you never were here, really you were just a feverish dream that I had one summer some events to fill in on the calendar A name on my to-do list something to fill up my heart like promises and sighs please...let me have it back now just drop the end of the string and walk away...

8 comments:

Jim_Wisneski said...

WOW Maria - I have to admit that is the BEST piece of work you have submitted thus far.

I think anyone who reads this can relate to that "thread" holding yourself to someone and knowing it can't be there forever.

I really LOVE the "A name on my to-do list something to fill up my heart". . . that's just poetic perfection!

Thanks for sharing!

Jim

Aubrie said...

My favorite line, "tethered like a balloon..."

I love this poem!

Maria A. Kelly said...

Thanks, Jim. It was a joy to write. I'm glad you liked it.

Maria A. Kelly said...

Thanks, Aubrie. I'm glad you liked that line. I liked it, too. Makes me think of the heart balloons you see people with.

Michael Solender said...

nice and whimsical

Cynthia Schuerr said...

'leaving me standing here empty without a heart of my own'
Maria, you have a gift.

Michelle said...

so so so good!!!!

Maria A. Kelly said...

Thanks, ladies (and gentlemen), for the wonderful comments!

Cynthia, thanks for saying that I have a gift. I don't think so, because writing certainly doesn't come easy, but I'm glad I'm making people happy doing it!