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Updated on May 18, 2022


are like a toothache
in the middle of
your sternum,burning like sterno
freshly lit.

Joy reduced to ash,
ashes pulverized by
the continued beating
of the heart.

Between aches
comes a roaring in my ears
pounding like funeral drums
in my temples.

Great loss
recently excised 
that managed to 
stay around long enough, 
to grip my heartstrings
and pull them, 
like spastic elastic
far beyond their ability
to stretch as they break

The exact reverse 
of what it feels like
when you're first in love.

That rush of adrenaline,
the lump in your chest,
the I can't catch my breath,
ohhhh,there she is

But heartache
is a caustic crush
in reverse
through a meat grinder
of pain.

Memories churning,
grief returning,
Oh to just cut
this aching heart out,
and throw it as far
as the most distant star,
tumbling in scarlet
and yellow flame,
through the universe.

But then the soul 
will step through
that hole left by 
its expulsion
bringing with it
eternal sorrow.

Heartaches take time,
rest, and rejuvenate
focus on something  
more beautiful,
that is still around.
empty the mind
of all the burrs that 
stirred the heart into
agony....and just breathe.

Relief came  to me 
somewhat when
I held the hand 
of my small child.

He knows so 
little of heartache.
I looked for a 
second or two
into his eyes, 
where the depth 
of those pools
know mostly peace 
and joy for now.
and it swept me 
with a flood
of tears as he just said 
" I Love you!."

How sad that the magic
of love children know 
so young
can simply wear away 
as their eyes see the reality
of the world at large.

As their hearts are burdened
with words that wound
and adult games that hurt
and love that is not

Heartaches begin then
and their  youthful 
elation fades.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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