Heidi K. Haskell

Rookie (1981 / Heidelberg, Germany)


Valentine hearts
Are easy to draw,
(Easy to break,)
And easy to throw away.
Real hearts
Are harder to draw,
(Prone to heart attack,)
And move blood through your body.

Poetic hearts
Defy the natural law:
They swell, shatter, quake,
Freeze, break, melt, sway,
Stop and start,
Gape like a hungry maw,
Wander and come back,
Are humble or maybe haughty.

When did lovey-dovery become the hallmark of the poet? We
Need to rethink this.
May no suitor of mine spout poetry
And expect a kiss.
Higher regarded by me are those
Who show their love by acts and prose.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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  • Rookie Barbara Terry (9/17/2008 10:30:00 AM)

    we write our pieces for many reasons Heidi. We write from our experiences in life whether they are bad or good, and we write from our imaginations too. I wrote a very short poem about a hummingbird I saw the other day. We want people to understand, be educated, and entertained. We want people to give us good reviews for our work, but we can't please everyone.

    You have written a wonderful poem describing the heart. I have heart problems, and I ca actually say it is my fault, because only my uncle had heart problems, and we both could have prevented them. But we never listen until it is too late tho.

    Thank you for sharing this image rich, and passionate write.

    Barbara (Report) Reply

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