Would that my heart …


was like this black rock;

impervious to the sea.

Would that my heart was like

this granite cliff

that holds no memory

of the headstrong rush

of the tidal race

or that still day’s quiescent hush.

Impassioned storms of wind-whipped waves

have written history on the shore

with tangled rope and dried sea-wrack

curled in arbitrary embrace ..

and salt-bleached keels

of driftwood beached like ghostly boats

in caves.

Why is my heart more like

the impressionable sand

than this dark, ungraven rock?

I turn my face seaward

and ask the keening wind ..

The answer lies in the fathomless deep

beyond the edge of dreams

where age-old stone speaks to age-old stone

in tales of heartache, joy and pain

and nothing is as impervious as first it seems

yet the stoic rock remains … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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15 Responses to Would that my heart …

  1. Wow… great stuff you got here. I love the way you describe your heart. Good poem. 🙂

  2. Shermeen says:

    This speaks to my inner being and I suppose my inner being must communicate in Urdu, my mother tongue. Atom, this piece compels me to say; ‘wah, wah’. Urdu words meaning ‘bravo’.

    I also love the sun trying to burst through the dark clouds in the pic.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello Shermeen …

      Thank you so much .. ( and I’m pleased to learn a little Urdu .. I’ll remember ‘ wah, wah’ .. 🙂

      It was an extraordinary afternoon on this beach at Mawgan Porth .. it was about 4.00 pm on a winter’s day, I think .. suddenly dense black clouds moved off-shore and the low- on- the -horizon winter sun was almost obliterated .. I loved the patch of blue sky .. it seems so out of place 🙂 The entire beach was overshadowed .. it could almost have been night.

  3. Shermeen says:

    And your heart is beautiful, atom. Not that it needed any confirmation, but this poem does just that !

  4. atomsofstars says:

    You’re too kind, Shermeen .. I don’t know what else to say …

  5. theroyalist says:

    Hello Marya,

    It’s always great to read your poems, you never disappoint. This one is very emotive as there’s a sense of melancholy about the narrator’s words. We’ve all got deep memories and sometimes you have to be a rock to get through them. Thanks for publishing this.

    Hold on a moment, that’s not alligator prints I see in the sand, is it?

    And now it’s time to go out on a limb. Drum roll, please. I’m not sure if this will work in a comment or not, fingers, talons, paws, feathers etc. crossed.

    The answer lies in the fathomless deep
    beyond the edge of dreams
    where age-old stone speaks to age-old stone
    in tales of heartache, joy and pain
    and nothing is as impervious as first it seems

  6. atomsofstars says:

    Good morning, JW …

    Lovely to see you .. apologies for the delay in replying .
    Thank you very much … yes, life is sunlight and shadow but it’s these universal experiences that draw us together, isn’t it ? .. Plus a sense of humour to help us get through 🙂

    Well-spotted … after a while I saw the tracks of a crocodile .. I wondered why the beach was deserted 🙂

    ps. Only you will know if your comment worked 🙂

  7. JW says:

    Hello Marya,

    Under my Royalist (it’s a long story) persona I was attempting to align your words in the centre of the page. It doesn’t seem to work in comments. Along with other things I am not a HTML expert. If you’ve the time and patience search the Internet to find the code to centralise script. It would make your already dazzling words prettier. 🙂

    It’s another sunny day up here so I’ll go for a walk in the great outdoors, safe in the knowledge that all the crocs and gators are down your way. 🙂

  8. atomsofstars says:

    Hello JW …

    Thank you so much for your attempt, your advice and your kind words .. yes, I tried to centralise the writing .. I discovered how to place the photo centrally but the writing got left behind!
    I agree the whole page would look so much more balanced ..
    I’ve no idea about this code business .. can you please elucidate in words of one syllable preferably for such a non-techie as me … 🙂

    Enjoy your walk in the sunshine .. it’s another beautiful day here at the typeface 🙂

  9. JW says:

    Hello again Marya,

    Over at the good old Royalist (long story) blog I’ve put up a test post using some of your poem. The script seems to be centralised, the only problem seems to be that as the sentences are of varying length they move in and out of one another. I don’t have a code (elucidate? What’s that mean?) for keeping the first words level, somebody like Soutie would know that.

    You could maybe test a post out using the HTML I used. Here goes, remember I’m no expert, Araminta and I still laugh over my year without an avatar.
    Before every line write this leaving no space between the final > and your first word. After your last word, again leaving no space, write this . I know it sounds complicated, it isn’t really, it just takes discipline.
    For quickness you can cut and paste the first at the start of each line. Good luck.

  10. theroyalist says:

    Me again,

    The comments box deleted my HTML code. 😦
    Try again. When you see ! in the following code, substitute it for at the start of the lines and !/P> at the end.
    Good luck again. This is a laugh if nothing else. 🙂

  11. atomsofstars says:

    Hello again, JW …

    Thank you very much for taking so much trouble to assist me …… I’ll pop over to your blog right now …

    ‘ I go, I go, look how I go,
    swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow’ … good old Will 🙂

  12. theroyalist says:

    Delete all these comments after you’ve read them, Marya, I don’t want to knock some of the nice recent comments you’ve had from the front page.

    I’ll try one more time. When you see ! substitute it for . This elusive code would outfox Dan Brown.
    !p style=”text-align:center;”£ and at the end !/P£

    Hope this works (but I wouldn’t count on it)

    Good luck once again. Now I’m off to run to the hills.

  13. atomsofstars says:

    Thank you very much …

    I have to admit to some perplexity already … 🙂 But I’ll get into testing mode and give it a whirl …

    and report back asap … perhaps March next year optimistically speaking 🙂

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