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Life Breaks My Heart

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Life Breaks My Heart (Image thanks to GraphicsHunt.com)

Life Breaks My Heart (Image thanks to GraphicsHunt.com)

Life breaks my heart.
There it is land-sliding
Down my lover’s shoulders
When we discover death
in the backyard.

Life dissolves my heart.
There it is flowing in the river
Of another’s tears
Because she can’t go home:
Yet.

Life heals my heart.
There it is tapping
On the keyboard.
Crying as I write this:
Process.

Life finds my heart.
There it is in a shattered shell,
A decapitated doll,
Chopped in six easy pieces:
Baby girl interrupted.

Life breaks my heart.
There it is in shards at the bottom
Of a chasm of contempt
Between sister and brother:
Sibling uncivil war.

Life fills my heart.
There it is tender differences.
A home for a loved one’s cat,
Joy on her face when I visit:
Unconditional love.

Life accepts my heart.
There it is surrendering to what is.
Failure to have not done better,
Knowing I have done my best:
Destiny tattooed in the palm of my hand.

Life opens my heart.
There it is glistening on a morning leaf
After a night’s rain,
Before a day’s clear skies:
New beginnings.

Life hides my heart.
There it is living in the field.
On the wind. In a whisper.
Under a tree. Over the moon:
A world apart. Another within.

Life paints my heart.
There it is in a crack on the road.
A sign. A signal.
Take yet one more step:
Slowly. And swiftly.

Life frees my heart.
There it is on the wing,
At the blood-red feeder,
As dusk settles on distant hills:
Days end.

Life mirrors my heart.
There it is copycat-ing the lunar cycle
Stark and white. Cold and bright.
Waxing and waning. Watching and waiting:
Relentless reflection.

Life breaks my heart.
Here it is still beating in my chest
Endless joy. Then sorrow.
Endless sorrow. Then joy.
Cracking. Breaking.  Healing. Pending.
One beat after another. After another.
After the next:

Life breaks my heart.

Copyright @AmazingSusan 2013

Image thanks to GraphicsHunt.com

Susan Macaulay created and curates SheQuotesMy Alzheimer’s Story,  Amazing Women RockAmazingSusan.com, and Succeed With Susan. She is a feminist, global citizen, lifelong learner and the author of Everyday Feminine Wisdom and soon-to-be-published “the dogs’ breakfast.”






26 Responses to “Life Breaks My Heart”

  1. This made me cry 🙁 (but that´s okay …)

    • AmazingSusan says:

      Me too 🙂

      I once stood on a clifftop in Yemen looking down at, and across, a massive valley. It was truly magnificent. As I drank in the view (which seemed to stretch back into time itself), the universe wrapped itself around my heart and squeezed. I was transported, transfixed, transformed. That oh-so-tender love/pain (you know the one: a mix of joy, awe, and humility, which is both full and empty at the same time) engulfed first my heart, then my whole body. I just stood there, too moved to move, and cried. One cannot help but weep in the face of life’s unrelenting beauty. Or at least this one can’t 😉

  2. elaine kinney says:

    everyday you get better and better

  3. Rebecca Brown says:

    Wow………..just simply wow.(and huge hugs)xoxoxo

    Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:46:28 +0000 To: mudwalker17@hotmail.com

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  13. Deborah says:

    Okay you made me cry…beautiful creative, sentiment and well written. Thank you!