and most stalwart companion,
Deluded by my own hubris
I ignored your constancy,
living as though
no matter the season or the weather,
you would continue to work
on my behalf,
without so much as a murmur
I take full responsibility-
knowing that those unshed tears
of frustration and pain
poured into the frosted blue bottle,
with burnt cork,
tucked next to the ball of twine
knotted with strands of grief
and left there-
under my breastbone,
next to my left ribs –
those things were not yours to bear.
But you did.
Until finally the damage was done.
But please know, heart of my heart,
I will no longer cause you pain-
you will be strong again,
nurtured and no longer ignored.
I will treasure your strength
until my last breath
and your last beat.
A Letter of Apology
a beautiful piece, Kathleen – be well! 🙂
Oh,, this is so touching! I love the imagery of it, the sorrow gathered in the blue-frosted bottle. I hope you and your heart will soon be on best terms again!
Great piece. I’m particularly intrigued to know how your imagination took you to the blue corked bottle? (I wrote a poem some years ago now about a blue bottle in my heart – in the shape of a fish – as it just appeared to my mind that way. I’m not sure why, but perhaps there is some common reasoning behind it).
Thanks, Rowan – not sure why the bottle appeared – but I see it as a frosted pale blue glass – seemed just the thing to store unshed tears. K
This is so well expressed… we imagine that the heart will go on for ever until we get this message (that is nver really a surprise) have been spared so far, but I’m not giving it enough thought either… a beautiful thought to start to think about the heart.
Poignant, it seems that we are not indestructible – a good reminder. Take care Kathleen.
Very sweetly true. I love that you wrote to your heart. We sometimes need to tell it, it is loved, by us. 🙂
Oh, I am familiar with your words, too. Changes do work, especially when motivated by the desire for a long and healthy life. Well done, K.
Being appreciative to oneself, the living one gets and the rough times in between makes for a wonderful shot in life! Truly so K!
very nice. We must all pay attention and be kind to our own heart of hearts.
Thank you – and yes, we should – and I will! K
dear heart… what a lovely letter to one who, more surely than any other organ or body part, more surely than any other friend, will be with us to the end – i will remember this
Ruth – I so appreciate your kind words – thanks- K
That’s one of the things about getting older I don’t like… we just can’t assume our bodies are everlasting. Thanks for the reminder. It’s good to see you, K.
Thanks, Laurie – have not been posting much – but have ideas for a blog revamp – so new things are spinning about in the universe.
Take heart. You will be victorious.
I plan to- thank you for the encouragement! K
So beautiful…the heart can take so much more than we think; though, you are on the right path to give it the attention it needs again. 😀
Thanks for your kindness, Stephanie – appreciate you dropping by – K
The heart is our stalwart companion that needs a little loving and caring. Lovely poem.
Gemma – And I have learned my lesson – it will be cared for much more than it has previously – thanks for your time and for your thoughtful comment – K
we tend to take everything for granted. so glad you found your heart.
Thanks, Miriam – so appreciate your beautiful poem and kind words – K
you def have to guard your heart…we dont realize this when we are young and give it away haphazardly…then again we let things into our heart too…those emotions that will eat away at it if we are not ever mindful of it…this is a very honest write to me…smiles.
B -well, after alot of self inflicted wounds to my ticker – it is time to change my ways – so now doing what I knew all along to stay well and healthy as long as possible! Thanks Brian – so appreciate your kindness always – K
Both of my parents have actually damaged hearts so your words resonated strongly with me ~
Have to take care of our health, its priceless ~
I hope that your parents health is stable – have learned my lesson and will no longer do things that are ‘hard hearted’ Thanks as always for your time and kind words – K
I think this is a ‘heartfelt’ letter we ALL need to pay attention to. Nice reminder for us all.
Very cool prompt – and a letter that I have been meaning to write for a couple of weeks 🙂 Thanks, Mary! K
Kathleen, this fine letter to the spiritual imp that oils & maintains the pump of life is sweet & tough self-love; the place where we poets must start before we reach out and share our perceptions, our dreams, our affections. A lot of ponder; thanks.
An appt with the cardiologist will get your attention – so my heart and I have been having heart to hearts for the past few weeks. Promises made of life style changes – and they will be kept – thanks for your kind words – K
above all, watch your heart cause it’s the wellspring of life… this is what your poem reminded me of… thanks for that gentle reminder…and good that our heart has a patient nature…smiles
C -my heart has given me very clear instructions per a recent stress test – and not so gently 🙂 so I am now on a life long (and hopefully long life) quest to make amends. Thanks as always for your kind attention – K