Mike Acker


Hard - Poem by Mike Acker

It is hard
when you are hard
and have to be broken
apart, and not flow
around and through,
to feel, to surround.

It is hard
when you are cruel
and cannot slip in
to see the broken heart.

They say I can release
the square of c
times my weight.
This heavy weight
I cannot release.

It is hard
when you are hard
not to flow like sand
under, through and around.


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  • Rookie - 52 Points Princess Lilypad (10/25/2013 12:43:00 PM)

    I hear a lot of regret. Perhaps within relationship perhaps even outside of one. Give yourself a break, hon. :) (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,021 Points Mike Acker (10/23/2013 5:39:00 PM)

    First of all, I really appreciate your having taken the time to comment.

    I just want to add that I too would have preferred something less sentimental, but unfortunately the poem came directly from grief I was feeling about the woman I loved, whom I did not console enough when she was in pain. I felt hard and wished I had been more flexible, more caring, and more approachable than I was. Her pain was from a breaking heart. Sometimes truth is more important than creativity for me. I wish I could have been less hard and seen her broken heart, period. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Mary Morstan (10/23/2013 2:08:00 PM)

    Comments section doesn't take quotation marks, for some reason. I meant I anticipated the line, to see the Queen of Hearts, rather than, the broken heart. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Mary Morstan (10/23/2013 2:06:00 PM)

    Emm, I'd lose that rather unfortunate title for a start! For some reason I anticipated the line to see the Queen of Hearts (which I like, but then I've been teaching Alice in Wonderland) when I read, and cannot slip in to see the broken heart. Broken heart is cliched; think of something more creative: the poem has a nice sound and that ooze of sentimentality mars it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013


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