Fearful of Heartache

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #134
"We (heart) Poems"  - (Posted by WhimsyGizmo)

"Write us something that nearly gives us a heart attack. Come to us with your heart in your hands. Heart us a song, a storm or a story. Who was your teenage heartthrob? Pull at our heartstrings. Whether your poem is heartwarming or heartbreakingly coldhearted, just make sure it’s exactly 44 words (not including the title) and contains some form of the word heart. Heartbeat, heartland, heartfelt, heartless, heartache, heartburn, heartwood, heartworm."

There are those who
harden their hearts
against love, no upticks
in heart rate.  They never
experience rapid heart
beats, nor joys of
surges and butterflies.
Fearful of heartache
and it’s ensuing sorrow,
they choose not to
allow another heart
to touch their own.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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30 Responses to Fearful of Heartache

  1. No risk of pain means no chance for improvement either

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  2. whimsygizmo says:

    So sad, this, and so true.

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  3. Ron. says:

    Such people do not truly exist.

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  4. Sadje says:

    Someone who has been hurt would do that.

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  5. vandana sharma says:

    Let the hearts be open to receive and give love.

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  6. Misky says:

    Too sad for words.

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  7. Ron Rowland says:

    Nicely composed. I’m glad I do not fall into that camp.

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  8. Ingrid says:

    And how sad for those people!

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  9. Helen Dehner says:

    Well Sara …. that is NOT me …. and I suspect it is NOT you. Well done.

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  10. Beverly Crawford says:

    Some are unable to recover from wounds of the heart, sad but true.

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  11. And what they miss in doing so!

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  12. Bill says:

    Lovely poem, but I prefer to think love not only wins, it gets us into so much trouble. 🙂 (hopeless romantic that I am.)

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  13. Maybe after one last heartbreak, it’s hardened by scar tissue.

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  14. Masa says:

    A modern take on the classic reminder – that to harden your heart from pain means that you can never experience joy, either. Deliciously composed, elegant in your language. Wonderful.

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