Noreen Carden

(16/12/50 / Mayo)

Heart and soul revised


A heart can break without a sound.
A tear can fall to hit the ground.
No one standing near can tell.
There's not a sign to break the spell.
A soul can shatter separate.
still leave the body standing straight.
The outer shell can smile and talk.
While the soul is on its lonely walk.

Bereft of light and peace it flies
Its quest to reach towards the sky.
Blackness holds it fast in space.
Forever locked in time and place.
Just one touch of human hand
can raise that soul to reach for light
Then mend the heart its hope revive.
To lift its wing's to give it flight

A rescued soul is unconfined.
No chains can hold it fast.
It flies towards the heavens.
Then comes falling back to earth
Cascading down it twinkles,
like a thousand shining stars.
It steals its light from heavens brim
then walks it round the world.

When the human heart has hope renewed
its flight makes angels weep
It overcomes each earthly task.
Its promises to keep.
The path it follows straight and true
Its destiny to meet.
Its sighs can reach to heaven,
When love is what it seeks.

Submitted: Sunday, November 03, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Sometimes we all need someone to carry us when we cant fly
I edited this on John Browns advice he felt it needed another verse but i went a bit further than that please do let me know what you think

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  • Daniel Brick (5/16/2014 8:48:00 AM)

    I came back to this poem because I earlier found its strength of expression and purpose so energizing. I just finished reading your homage to the uncle killed in WWII and I'm feeling the overall sadness that comes with confronting lives that are finished, events that are intractable, feelings that have no future - all these losses pile up in our minds EVEN THOUGH they are not necessarily personal. But your poem gives me such faith in hearts and souls that the sadness will soon be replaced by HOPE - and that is the special gift HEART AND SOUL holds out to us every time we read it. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (5/8/2014 12:44:00 PM)

    This poem is filled with so much tenderness that its appreciative readers may not at first realize it is also imbued with strength. It is that strength which it embodies and conveys to its readers which I consider so necessary in keeping heart and soul healthy and hale. The language of the poem is so convincing, and the movement is stately and inevitable with your impressive eight-line stanzas effortlessly carrying the weight of the argument. If I did not know English and someone would recite this poem, the rhythms would convey its meaning to me, heart and soul. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (1/13/2014 8:57:00 PM)

    Loved this beautiful poem of yours! Loved the note too and quite agree that 'Sometimes we all need someone to carry us when we cant fly' - really a beautiful thought.
    'The outer shell can smile and talk.
    While the soul is on its lonely walk.' - Loved these lines! (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (12/17/2013 6:37:00 PM)

    Noreen, you nearly blew me away with the balance of the spiritual/dichotomy in the first paragraph and the last stanza is beyond beautiful. Great write! Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Charles Darnell (11/26/2013 5:43:00 AM)

    I always admire a poet who is able to write a poem in rhyme.....that is when it is well done as is this one. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (11/24/2013 4:47:00 AM)

    beautiful. My thought took flight with the ssoul and melody of the poem.
    Fantastic write (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/18/2013 11:51:00 PM)

    What a lovely poem! I remember having posted a comment earlier! But unfortunately now I understand that it didn't reach you! Human heart breaks with no explosive sound! But one touch from a loving hand can fuel the breaking heart with life and it may take wings and fly! It is love and understanding from fellow beings, that everyone seeks! ! (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (11/11/2013 7:20:00 AM)

    A good poem, with a very optimistic ending. I would have liked at least one more verse though. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (11/10/2013 7:53:00 PM)

    A helping hand with love is all it needs with the last line that says it all...beautiful.regards56186 (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (11/6/2013 11:33:00 PM)

    Wow u write marvelous rhyming here and the metaphor in dis is impressive and cud pull at the heartstrings so watch out. They cud fall in luv with such a sweet broken heart poem u know too. ;) :) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (11/5/2013 6:51:00 PM)

    i especially enjoyed: The outer shell may smile and talk.
    The soul is on its lonely walk.

    and the last stanza. thanks for sharing. and for the rhyming. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (11/4/2013 5:03:00 PM)

    beautiful write with good rhyme just one touch of the human hand can lift its wings and give it flight (Report) Reply

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