O my bloodless heart

O my bloodless heart,
Nailed to the mirror,
How did you fare,
Exposing your self so,
Shattered at a glance,
Bled dry over time?
I’ll remove the nail,
But the hole remains,
And though you’re whole,
By the mirror’s judgment,
I’ll still be broken.

Prompt: from the kind writers over at the pub, dVerse, “Heart” as part of their Quadrille Series #134.


49 thoughts on “O my bloodless heart

  1. Such poignant and shattering imagery, what more must the heart take and how much more could it handle? That’s the real question and you express the pain so vividly, so evocatively.

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    1. Well thank you for your kind words – this one had enough clarity to avoid my usual struggle to grasp for words, so I appreciate that the natural instinct was a decent one. Also, to answer your question – the heart can take limitless damage, because it rarely learns from its hurt.

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  2. I hope you don’t trust that mirror. It sees what it sees, but it doesn’t know that the human heart is resilient. The hole/ whole connection is extraordinarily gorgeous. But the mirror will never comprehend. So, do not trust that mirror!
    Excellent poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Indeed, the mirror is a liar – I’m glad you caught that. It lies because it loves us, though.
      Your words are far too kind, thank you for the comment.

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    1. Thank you for your words, Ingrid. I’m surprised I was one of the few to take this to a darker place, but I think there’s a softness somewhere here.

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    1. Thank you – I take “dark fairy tale” as a much too high compliment.
      Thankfully it is brief, so the re-readings shouldn’t take too much energy. I hope it continues to attract.

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    1. Why thank you kindly. I’m not sure I’d say powerful would describe my narrator’s voice, but I accept the compliment all the same and appreciate your coveted time.


    1. It’s funny you mention that. I did at one point include a line about a bloodless heart being “But a malformed stone”, but I didn’t quite have the room for it.


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