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III. The Heart in Anguish – a Poem

on March 9, 2022

III. The Heart in Anguish

by Dawn Pisturino

Here in my heart
Is a tiny prayer
That the world would
Grow in kindness and love,
That the pain of a million
Voices would cease,
And laughter run wild
Over all the world.

I closed my mind and heart
Because I could not bear
To hear the tears
Or feel the pain around me.
I lived in a void
For many years,
But nothing changed.
The world remained the same,
Even when I was not.

I lived in the safe world
Of grocery stores and J.C. Penney,
Counting my money,
And learning how to spend it.
I bore my child
And adored my loving husband.
They became for me
My fixtures, my sanity,
The sum total of my life.
But life does not end
With safety and happiness,
For while you are safe,
Others are in danger.
While you are happy,
Others suffer.
And it is not right,
No, it is not right
To shut the door behind you.

A heart in anguish
Is a heart which feels
The pain of a million suffering people
And knows that death is near.
A heart in anguish
Touches the open wound,
Binds the broken limb,
Tastes the salty tears,
And does it lovingly,
Reverently, without fear.
The heart in anguish knows life
And death and suffering,
But lives ultimately, and dies happy.

Dawn Pisturino
1985; March 9, 2022
Copyright 1985-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

16 responses to “III. The Heart in Anguish – a Poem

  1. Jim Wingrove says:

    Amazingly good and moving 👍😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. utahan15 says:

    mine is a machine
    too slow on top
    too fast on bottom
    me too a tee

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Timothy Price says:

    Life is not fair in the least. Beautiful heartfelt poem, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nancy says:

    Another heartfelt, moving poem, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michele Lee says:

    Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your beautiful and relatable lines. 💗

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Really well done. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. spwilcen says:

    Poemetricity is not my fave. So many who fancy themselves poemetrists write junk. This one was good. “Good” from a guy what don’t like hickory-dickory-dock is beyond good. Nice write but you left me wondering what am I to do to right the wrongs?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for your feedback. I think we all feel overwhelmed by the world and the wrongs that need to be righted, but one person can only do so much. We do what we can, even if that means giving a simple smile to a stranger passing you on the street. Have a great day!

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