Treasure Island

Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

A Broken Heart Within


A broken heart within me knows,
What loneliness is...
When it is left to linger,
And slowly grows to wither in wishes!

A happiness living outside is dismissed.
For what it is.
Because it isn't felt,
From inside...
With a gladness that appears.

It's much too late to date a memory!
When fading ushers its leaving.
No one else can see it drift.
Yet an emptiness is hinged...
To a pain remaining that is grieving,
Within.

Time gone,
Like the wind blows,
Never returns again!
Not to visit in inquisitive sits...
With the one excited to be near,
In benefitted moments held dear.

It's much too late to date a memory!
When fading ushers its leaving.
No one else can see it drift.
Yet an emptiness is hinged...
To a pain remaining that is grieving,
Within.

A broken heart within me knows,
What loneliness is...
When it is left to linger,
And slowly grows to wither in wishes!

A happiness living outside is dismissed.
For what it is.
Because it isn't felt,
From inside...
With a gladness that appears.

Time gone,
Like the wind blows,
Never returns again!
Not to visit in inquisitive sits...
With the one excited to be near
In benefitted moments held dear.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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  • Sabrina Jubahar (3/28/2012 12:48:00 AM)

    It kills me to read this because it feels as if what my heart felt has been written out by someone I barely even know. (Report) Reply

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (10/27/2009 1:01:00 PM)

    Interiorization of emotion!
    But Hope is healer
    Despair is killer.
    Despair poetically nicely chiseled.
    Ten+++
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK

    Please read my Poems:
    Why Hack My She [In Elite 500]
    Enigmatic Navel or others.
    niv (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (10/10/2009 10:08:00 AM)

    A poem with such depth of feeling, ,

    Hope good things come to you Lawrence
    Take care

    Love duncan (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (6/27/2009 4:04:00 AM)

    Time gone,
    Like the wind blows,
    Never returns again!
    Not to visit in inquisitive sits...
    With the one excited to be near
    In benefitted moments held dear.
    ....wonderful true words from heart....great (Report) Reply

  • Yelena M. (4/1/2009 2:10:00 AM)

    This poem is just so sincere and poignant.You build lines so skillfully and fill them with expressions that make others really Feel.
    Best wishes.
    A. (Report) Reply

  • Anjali Sinha (12/12/2008 9:45:00 PM)

    wow! ! ! ! ! ! a masterpiece
    crafted so patiently
    in your loneliness
    with so much loveliness
    -10 anju (Report) Reply

  • Chitra - (11/21/2008 12:50:00 AM)

    a gem of masterpiece,
    sensitively woven with your mind's quill
    diffusing an evanescent feel (Report) Reply

  • Carl Harris (9/21/2008 10:18:00 AM)

    This is quite a thought provoking and moving poem, Lawrence, and I especially liked the repetition of some of the verses in it. I have always believed that repetition of lines or verses often enhances the impact of a poem on a reader, and this fine poem certainly makes an impact on it's readers. Carl. (Report) Reply

  • ~ Jon London ~ (5/26/2008 3:51:00 PM)

    Lawrence my friend,
    You have written the most wonderful dedication to a love never-ending story,
    expertly written..*10*10*10*

    All the best
    Jon (Report) Reply

  • Sue Crocker (2/9/2008 12:25:00 PM)

    This poem speaks volumes, and I for one can really relate to this. I was widowed five years ago, and I think it just about sums me up. Thank you for sharing it. Sue x (Report) Reply

  • Mary Jane Lacsamana (12/28/2007 10:39:00 PM)

    i love and hate this poem...beautifully written...but my heart aches to read these words that expressed my emotions...the truth that deeply cuts my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Ewigi Liebe (9/28/2007 9:02:00 AM)

    Hi Lawrence,
    Its beautiful love hath bounded with divine...purity love eternity...
    thanks and best regards,
    Mary (Report) Reply

  • Theodora Onken (9/26/2007 12:10:00 AM)

    Lawrence, great depth of emotion here. I, so, identify with it!
    I definately think you need some pound cake!
    Blessings always,
    Theo (Report) Reply

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