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Heart Room



“It is funny how you do not miss affection until it is given, but once it is, it can never be enough; you would drown in it if possible.” Libba BrayThe Sweet Far Thing

The Heart Room Door

The heart cracked and broke into all those pieces and rolled across the floor.

Grief stricken and shaken by the mounting losses, I ran straight out of the door.

I pulled it closed behind me. “Click” went the lock, then I swallowed down the key.

Further along the hallway, I curled into a closet, to mend what little was left of me.

Years went by; I patched the leaking eyes and embroidered an acceptable smile.

Still, and even so, opening that closet door would take a good long while.

Like shiny pieces of mercury, the heart fragments rolled and bumped along the floor,

eventually, they melded together, and slipped right under the heart room door.

Down the hall, in the closet, the door opened slowly and all I could do was stare:

the heart was whole, held gently in your hands, as you pulled me in to begin the repair.

Patti Hall 2014

Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

35 thoughts on “Heart Room

  1. That is great and well written very tender

  2. This is so mysterious…magically done! I also love the photograph. Is it one of your?

    • Yes it is a photo that I was trying to set up for my Souvenirs From My Heart series. Thought it fit here too:>) Miss you! Thank you for the high compliment, my poetess friend 🙂

  3. A very touching little poem Patti.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful Patti! ‘I patched the leaking eyes and embroidered an acceptable smile’ – stunning! Amazing imagery, such well chosen words. Really beautiful Patti, thanks for sharing:-) Love and hugs, Harula xxxxx

    • Thank you, Harula. I spent more time on this that I usually do, trying to make it just right. So glad that it worked for you. Love & Hugs your way too. Hope you are staying warm and that your folks are doing well.

    • Patti,
      I was especially taken by these illustrations too…reading it, I traveled in kind! A seamless homogenizing of the magical and mysterious abstract, with the very clear and real experience and feelings. No ‘artsy-tartsy-cuteness’ but surely a work of art in what is likely the truest form!

      Even the use of Mercury described in an unusual state conjures the surreal impression without any difficulty seeing or believing it just the same.

      I hope that you’ll consider submitting this one to greater scrutiny…not out of vain-pride of the author (you), but for the outstanding composition that I believe it is. Oh, do please feel good about this!

      I have spoken 😉

      • Thanks, M. Mom agrees with you. Most places won’t accept submissions that have been “published.” It is a lot of work to find a home for a piece of writing and I am just not up to that…hands pretty full.

  5. You’ve got a sweet collection of ephemera. The sea glass drew me in.

  6. Exquisite, touching, healing. Thank you, Patti. Off to share.

  7. The imagery is stunning and the words heart-felt. Like Elaine says, “Exquisite!”

    The photo, exquisite too.

  8. Shared on my Facebook page!

  9. What a beautiful prose poem, Patti. Very touching and miraculous.

  10. Love the patchwork of descriptives Patti and the heart room. Great photo! 🙂

  11. Patti, so glad you found my blog so I could find yours as well. This is beautiful! I enjoyed the rhythm of your words, how you built the images with your descriptions, your word choices, simple yet complex. This is excellent!!

    • Thank you, Arlene. I appreciate the read and comment very much. It was one that I was a little worried may not be as accessible as I wanted it to be. I may have been wrong:>) Please stop in again.

  12. HL=huge like, Patti… 🙂 glad to have come across your awesome blog… my very best and tons of inspiration! have a great day and cheers! 🙂 Mélanie – Toulouse, France, “old Europe”… 😉

    • Nice to meet you, Melanie! I will go see your place and we will then have a full connection. From Alaska, USA to Toulouse, France! Thank you for the visit and comment!

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  14. Excellent discription in poetry form. Love it.

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