A Broken Heart


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‘Hands On Heart’ Photoshopped  Photo: WHB – Sep., 2017

PALPITATIONS

When palpitations
of the heart
start
that sudden
gulp
that gasp for air

is it love
or lust
or life itself
forcing me to face
my future

that unwonted throb
unwanted gasp
those ensuing reverberations
erupted flutterings
flip-floppings

before I am returned
to that steady beat
that controlled thump
which promises
certitude

My heart
that part
of me
held dear
so near
yet no longer
steady
nor ready
to yearn
to long for
and to desire
to allow free reign
to emotion

now caution
rules
demands attention
ectopic beating
atrial contraction
call it whatever
heart-hiccups
love-stutters
heebie-jeebies
screaming habdabs
all one

palpitations
once a passion
now a symptom

a broken heart
is not
just love forgone
it is
a life in peril

 

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24 thoughts on “A Broken Heart

  1. An absolutely beautiful and multi-layered poem. Our precious organ – The heart – poetically sung about both in its emotional and physical capacity.
    Palpitations from love and lust ; ectopic beat from a heart in trouble.
    Your two last stanzas are perfect although a slightly troubled heart still can feel the palpitations of love.:)
    Thanks for sharing this Roland
    Miriam

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  2. To say that you are amazingly talented will be an understatement Roland!
    Really touching pieces of sheer art. Glad to have tumbled upon your blog!
    Lots of love,
    Tee

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