Treasure Island

Kim van Breda

(1 February / Cape Town/ South Africa)

Red Scarlet Heart


‘Red Scarlet Heart’

Cardinal desire misled chastened into submission instead
To tread water in the deep end of humanity a ruby watershed
Surrender is fed comfort zones of self-destruction fine tapered threads
A sharp silver flash of bloodshed releasing all pain in crimson red

Armoured withdrawal begins to spread- unseen by others, well read
Realisation of vermilion hidden- a personal undisclosed habit forbidden
Destructive behaviour trivialized, always recognised, seldom actualised
Pain divides an element of blank-one battle, one person to thank

A surrealistic rosy escape- ongoing dysfunction a mammoth mistake
The easy way out drowning hurt and fear- piercing hearts with razor sharp spears
Carefully constructed isolation is violated- forced visitation, medical annihilation
Therapeutically enhancing Picasso on the wall- reflective perceptions- inevitably reality calls



Copyright © 2013—Kim van Breda

Submitted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 11, 2013
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Personal reflections of the battle I fought- and won- with depression and self-harm

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