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Ice Caves of My Heart

Updated on March 2, 2015
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By: Wayne Brown

I pour the brandy over icy rocks in a crystal glass

Light a Cuban cigar and ponder ancient love past

It’s a little lonely here with all my crushed parts

Waiting ever patiently n the ice caves of my heart

 

 

The cigar smoke swirls up to the spinning fan blade paddle

The brandy swirls over the ice cubes that start their rattle

I think of better days when we were never much apart

Not like in these cold and lonely ice caves of my heart

 

 

Do you ever miss my warmth when winter winds chill?

You probably do but would never admit it of free will

I miss your touch, your sweet caress, the loving little parts

Nothing here but the lonely in the ice caves of my heart

 

 

We were never quite right; in the end we never match

No matter how hard I tried, you love I could not catch

But your memory lingers longer, every single little part

On the walls of my mind in the lonely ice caves of my heart

 

I keep looking out and hoping to see your hurried return

Those times we had, those salad days for now which I yearn

But reality tells me to forget it; no plan should I impart

I’m left here permanently in the lonely ice caves of my heart

 

 

For you, I hope for all the best; a love that’s straight ’n true

Sometimes I pray that if you find it that I will find it too

But until that miracle comes and once again I can start

I’ll be waiting her for you in the lonely ice caves of my heart

 

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...it was a return to the early years after the divorce of my first marriage...a devastating time for me. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Wow - an truly unique expression/description Lonely ice caves - that so many people related to. Love the images - cigar smoke swirling, ice cubes rattling and the tender sentiments too -- yearning, praying, hoping.

      Glad you and your heart have warmed up!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @juneaukid...Thank you for reading my poem and making comments. I certainly will check out your hub. Please visit us again! WB

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed reading this poem that uses the metaphor of an ice cave. You may wish to read my literal experience in an ice cave on Mount Rainier under my hub :One hour inside a glacial cave cave. Cheers

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @writinginalaska...I will check it out and give you some info on the format. WB

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      writinginalaska 

      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      Challenged accomplished Wayne, surf on over to my Hub and you'll see it. :) On another note, when i had it in the edit mode the spacing looks just fine. two lines together then a space and then two more and a space. but when published about mid way down the sentence spacing changes. Hmmm, don't know how to fix that.

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      writinginalaska 

      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      Wayne, thank you, thank you! I just stumbled on this comment this morning. Since I posted this poem under your comments and my own hub i tweaked the fifth sentence just a bit. I like it better now. Hmmm, a sequel huh? ;) i'm always up for a challenge.... Happy Sunday my friend. L

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @writinginalaska...I'll give that "two outstandings and a real fine!" LOL. I can tell that you have had the tour in the caves and know them well enough to stay out when you can. i think you need to take that verse and write a sequel! Thanks for the great comment! WB

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      writinginalaska 

      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      Many a trip to the ice caves I’ve spent,

      It's a lot like living in a God forsaken tent.

      Nothing to warm you, only an echoing blast,

      Screaming little voices all from the eerie past.

      Stalactites and stalagmites, both icy little fingers,

      which way do they point or do they just linger?

      Ice caves, ice caves, my heart was once stone cold,

      Your fix on me is ended now, your beauty no longer to behold.

      I had fun with this one WB, what do you think?

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @geegee77...I find it interesting that so many know of the ice caves. I thought I was offering a unique concept but I was just reminding folks of their hurtful places of refuge. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      geegee77 

      8 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Very nice poem WB it kinda makes me sad also, such a sentimental guy you are:) ge

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      whidbeywriter...Thank you..I lived there once but don't want to go back. Glad you liked it! WB

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      Mary Gaines 

      8 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Very beautiful poem, from the heart flow your words. Love it!!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @nellieanna....Wow! Two honors in one day, first an interview the the weekly and then nellieanna reads one of my poems! This IS a good week! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this poem...it is based on a time in my life. I look back on it as a time of learning and growth now but at the time, it was a cold and lonely existence caused mostly by my own naïve mindset and lack of trust. If I could write poetry like yourself, wow, this could have been a doozie of a poem. Thank you also for reading the interview and commenting. You are tough act to follow! LOL! I was so fortunate to get this opportunity and exposure for my writing. I hope that it encourages someone who is struggling with their writing and helps them to pull through. I feel that my personal experiences and life philosphy have benefited me greatly in my writing. I am so glad you stopped by and I hope to see you again soon! WB

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Seems several of us are familiar with some sort of heart-aches (was about to say heart attacks, thinking not of the physical ones, but those emotional/mental/heart damaging ones, such as these ice caves of the heart).

      Mine went on 18 years. Some of us are either too determined or too foolish -or both. Of course, only we ourselves know our motives both for staying with it & for escaping it. But one thing is that it deepens & matures us in the process. How it does so may vary - but it runs deep.

      Wayne, I really like the imagery you maintained throughout this poem of the 'ice caves of your heart' & that picture sets the stage so perfectly.

      I also congratulate you on your wonderful interview by Silver Genes which I just read a bit ago. It certainly makes me feel like I know you better as a writer & a person. Your personal philosophy about life, learning & writing merit my admiration. Well done!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Houa Lor...I know you have been to the caves, Houa...I can pick up on it when I read your work. Stay out of there! LOL! Thanks for the read and the nice comment! WB

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      Houa Lor 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Another winner!

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      How'd ya guess? LOL

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus....I know you don't want to go there Charlie cause I'd bet you've already been! WB

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      chilling at best, cold sorrows of love

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Hi!...been out of town on business and out of touch. You are among the few who have stopped by if that gives you any idea how much I am "triumphing!" The ice caves are a lonely, cold place but many of us have most certainly hidden ourselves there while we healed a bit. I never want to go back and I think as long as I can remember them, I won't! Thanks for the kinds words! WB

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      The ice caves of my heart - I lived there for a time, too. It's pretty in verse but echoes endlessly at the time. This is yet another Wayne Brown triumph!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Billy....stay out of the caves! LOL. WB

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Wayne this is one of my new favs - brilliant writing!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I'm warmer now. I'll be right over! WB

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      Hey Wayne I'm with you on this one. 10 years was a long time for both of us. Hey pardner come give me your comments on my last Hub. I think you might enjoy the curves:0)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Bpop...told ya I was thinking bout writing something cool! LOL WB

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Wayne, you are wonderfully talented. I loved this poem.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SR!...Ken, I thought that you would relate to this one. I spent about 10 years in the caves before I was able to regain my trust. It's a mighty cold place! Thank you for compliment...there is much of my work that was more difficult to create than this one but I won't argue! WB

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      You touched a cord with Ice caves of my heart. It brought back tender moments in my past life when coldness and negativity was my constant companion and pain and lost dreams blew through my life like a raging storm. This is one of your finest my friend, you most definitely are expanding your writing abilities. Keep hubbing.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Austinstar...this was test, only a test...just checkin' to see if anyone had been there!WB.

      @lalesu....I lived in them for about 10yrs...you don't want to enter! WB

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      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      This poems makes me feel very sad, Wayne Brown, which is the point, I suppose. My story has never taken me inside the 'Ice Cave', but it rips my heart to be near it, just the same. "Here's to the salad days, then, when I was green in judgment and cold in blood."...I've butchered you and William Shakespeare, all in one fell swoop, ('fell swoop'...look! I've done it again! so sorry, WS & WB.)

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      Lela 

      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      You are getting better and better at this writing thing, Wayne! Ice caves of my heart, that's the way I feel sometimes.

      Lovely photo too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Guinevere...I get lucky but I mostly write what I can feel when I loose my emotions and put my mind some place. With this one, the phrase "ice caves" just came to me and I wove it into a broken hearted romance...I've been there too so it helps a bit too. I believe we are all capable of writing in his fashion if we just let go and let emotion take over. When that happens, you become more the instrument than the creator. I have had that experience a few times as well. I really appreciate you reading it and making you nice comments. Please come back and visit again real soon! WB

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      Guinevere 

      8 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful. You have a way with words that is for sure.

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