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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

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A Heart Grows No Older (For Wayne)

A heart grows no older
With the passage of time,
It seeks with a passion
What it sought all the time.
But it tempers with caution
A façade of stone,
To conceal the longing
And the time on its own.
Although it deceives
Quite bravely time spent as one,
The disappointment of unfulfilled dreams
Are with one too well known.
Risks never taken
The pain to avoid,
But with too much pain to bare
Never venturing for fear of failure,
Too afraid to find one to care.
Years grow longer lived all alone,
A heart grows colder
As it is passed by time
And denies with a passion,
What it sought all the time.

Submitted: Friday, January 27, 2012
Edited: Friday, January 27, 2012


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  • Susan Lacovara (2/22/2014 8:34:00 AM)

    They say when you give away pieces of your heart, well....it actually grows bigger! PEACE

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  • Kevin Patrick (1/15/2014 2:15:00 PM)

    This really hits home for me on a personal level, I have sabotaged relationships out of fear of loosing control of my place, and compromising myself to belong with someone, else, I've seen the risks, and ventured near but never in the halls of Love. Great work Mr. Draper. greatly worded

  • Susan Lacovara (11/12/2013 10:20:00 PM)

    The one thing worse than being alone, is wishing you were alone. Sad and striking, all the same. Wonderful write.

  • Ruby Mostazir (5/28/2013 7:08:00 AM)

    So touchy and meaningful! 10

  • Valsa George (9/19/2012 8:32:00 AM)

    Never venturing for fear of failure,
    Too afraid to find one to care.
    Years grow longer lived all alone
    These lines beautifully sums up the crux of the poem. A very powerful write! !

  • Meena Mustafa (7/29/2012 10:40:00 PM)

    Wow! a compelling read and very well written :) thank you so much for sharing.Please read my poem called It's all about you. thanks.

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (6/29/2012 3:37:00 AM)

    As the saying goes.... lonely in a crowd. Sad piece nicely written.

  • Diane Hine (4/5/2012 7:04:00 AM)

    Fear of rejection is ridiculously powerful when you think about it. I wonder why we evolved this way.
    Moving poem.

  • Martin O'Neill (3/21/2012 5:12:00 AM)

    Lovely description of the fear induced loneliness suffered by so many.

  • Karen Deeks (3/7/2012 4:18:00 PM)

    This has a gentle flow and is filled with compassion. The rhythm is subtle yet comfortable. It seems to me quite sad as if a soul sits on the sidelines, observing life stroll by but to scared to dip his toes in the pool of life. Thank you Karen

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