Simone Inez Harriman

Gold Star - 27,783 Points (03/05/1959 / New Zealand)

Just A Suggestion - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

If I could place my hand on your injured heart
To tourniquet your ebbing trust
I could trace your illness to your bones
Where there is uncleanliness

Stone man I palpate your pain
Banqueting in the dark
On confusion, anguish, and loneliness
And I weep for your wounds that feed and fester
In your vaulted hurt and sadness

Just a suggestion

If you allow my healing hands to touch you
I could place a key gently by your fist
To unlock the solitary chambers of your heart
So you may stand with me in the sun
And believe again

Topic(s) of this poem: sadness, faith, healing, trust, pain


Comments about Just A Suggestion by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/15/2018 3:36:00 PM)

    Stone man I palpate your pain
    Banqueting in the dark
    On confusion, anguish, and loneliness
    And I weep for your wounds that feed and fester
    In your vaulted hurt and sadness........so touching and impressive. A beautiful poem so nicely executed. Thanks again for posting this gem.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (7/1/2018 11:00:00 AM)

    If I could place my hand on your injured heart
    On confusion, anguish, and loneliness
    And I weep for your wounds..... healing touch. and belief. very nice poem. makes us think a lot..... thank u for this great poem dear poetess. tony
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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/30/2018 10:09:00 PM)

    A well written poem that gives hope.++10 (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (4/23/2018 3:26:00 AM)

    A nice suggestion to one who has lost his faith due to the injuries he got in life. A touching poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/17/2018 10:50:00 PM)

    Such an enlightening poem...My spirit was uplifted..thank you so much for sharing this treasure to us..10+++++ (Report)Reply

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  • (11/12/2017 5:17:00 AM)

    As a hypnotist, I was immediately drawn to the title. And you did not disappoint! This is truly a very special poem! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (10/14/2017 3:29:00 PM)

    i've commented before today.

    sol·i·tar·y
    ˈsäləˌterē/
    adjective
    adjective: solitary

    1.
    done or existing alone.
    I live a pretty solitary life
    synonyms: lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one's own, alone, friendless; antisocial, unsociable, withdrawn, reclusive, cloistered, hermitic, incommunicado, lonesome
    a solitary life

    so, unless....in:
    I could place a key gently by your fist
    To unlock the solitary chambers of your heart...................
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    you mean the four chambers, as a whole, are 'lonely' et al, it would seem they could keep each other company. but this is symbolic for something, what you've written, and i'm giving you a hard time. shame on bri! !

    bri :)

    i am NOT a Stone man! but i may be flinty at times.
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  • Susan Williams (10/5/2017 7:28:00 PM)

    Exquisite is the best word used to describe this. I believe that soul of yours that was drawn to nursing was a perfect companion for the poetic talent residing in your heart and the evident intelligence of your mind. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/14/2017 4:58:00 PM)

    It is a beautiful centimental poem on the philosophical base on faith and sadness having touching expression.
    The last few lines are most impressive...

    If you allow my healing hands to touch you
    I could place a key gently by your fist
    To unlock the solitary chambers of your heart
    So you may stand with me in the sun
    And believe again

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Norah Tunney (8/22/2017 10:46:00 PM)

    Exquisitely beautiful! ! ! ! !
    What a gifted poet you are Simone.
    The words just a suggestion just turned me right around.
    They open a space. How could a heart not open having read this. One feels the healing power of words- of hands touching, of hearts unlocking and walking into the sun.
    Thank you.
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  • (8/2/2017 12:01:00 AM)

    An insightful verse. It makes me wonder how many around us may not know that the decay of the spiritual, the embodiment of soul, happens as our organs and bodies are failing. One does not exist on earth without the other. And the one that is enduring the suffering seems to take the lead. This one goes to my favourites list. (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (7/22/2017 12:53:00 AM)

    i just read my first comment from a WHOLE year ago! i didn't say much. maybe i didn't 'get it' enough, and didn't know you well enough to knock it. well, now i know you better.

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    pal·pate
    ˈpalˌpāt/
    verb
    verb: palpate; 3rd person present: palpates; past tense: palpated; past participle: palpated; gerund or present participle: palpating

    examine (a part of the body) by touch, especially for medical purposes

    well, having been married three times and having had a couple (at least) of girlfriends (which i did NOT marry; their loss!) , i HAVE done some palpating in my lifetime. i've even done some self-palpating; it's less risky! ! !
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    regarding another comment below:

    FROM: Adeline Foster
    (10/6/2011 5: 30: 00 PM)


    You do have a talent for deep poetry.
    Adeline
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    WELL, i KNOW what deep poetry can mean:

    1 - intensely philosophical

    and/OR

    2 - cryptic/makes-a-reader-toss-and-turn-in-bed-trying-to-figure-it-out

    Perhaps it is a bit of each, but i shall lose no sleep tonight, if i ever get to bed!

    i could use a bit of revelation re bones and uncleanliness and stone man.
    are you sure you didn't mean stoned man or stone age man? ?

    one topic is faith. faith in God, the nurse(s) , himself, life? hmm?

    anyway, i'd be glad to have you as my nurse. you sound so compassionate and sincere!
    and you ain't bad looking either. tell your husband i said that!

    bri ;)
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  • (7/9/2017 4:45:00 AM)

    a lovely poem that offers help and support in a time of another's personal crisis......................wonderfully written. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Lacovara (7/3/2017 6:06:00 AM)

    Exquisitely written of a tormented heart that needs be reopened by a healing touch. I am reminded that not all look to hurt....some come with true intention of helping.... Well done! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Michael Walker (7/2/2017 11:05:00 PM)

    A very kind suggestion, finely expressed. I need healing hands too. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/25/2017 1:33:00 AM)

    your injured heart
    trace your illness to your bones
    confusion, anguish, and loneliness
    vaulted hurt and sadness
    unlock the solitary chambers of your heart
    come and stand with me in the sun . believe me.
    Ohh this is a very fine poem.
    A poem of healing, opening the dark corners of the heart and the body and the soul in faith and love, in mutual contentment. Simply love this poem dear poetess. tony
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  • Valsa George (12/5/2016 9:51:00 PM)

    The.'suggestion part' is so beautiful....! The man who is reticent by nature does not share his hurt and sadness to anyone. As a result he has scars inside which not only bleed but fester! You are willing to bandage his wounds so that he will be cured and will be able to stand in the brightness with out being for ever left to languish in darkness. The imagery drawn from your every day hospital experience makes the poem so arresting! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/21/2016 10:54:00 AM)

    I can't find the words to describe this great write
    so I just sat back, read and enjoyed
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  • Bri Edwards (6/3/2016 10:56:00 PM)

    Now THIS is 'poetic'! !

    Got an extra key? ?

    Nice one.

    Bri
    :)
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/9/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    Healing hands of love. Nice work. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


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