from tragedy emerged the wounded heart

from tragedy emerged the wounded heart
tormented by grief
tortured and robbed
deafened by the sound of perpetual throb
pierced and gaping
calloused and forced
to beat within the hollows of a walking corpse

from deception was born the troubled mind
confused by questions
offended by lies
rendered crippled, uncertain from incessant whys
bewildered, beguiled
marred and misled
to brood within the hollows of the corpse’s head

from war came forth the body unscathed
no scars on the trunk
all limbs remain
detached from the roots the self went insane
no outward affliction
seen by the blind
just hollow corpse imprisoning heart and mind


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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