Mended

When we met in the summer

My heart was torn in two

But with love and devotion

You mended me like glue

Emma H, age 26, 27/11/2017

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We raised pillars of commitment

On foundations of loyalty

Built walls of solid love

Cemented with each kiss

Roofed with care and tenderness

Erected turrets and towers

To take our relationship to new heights

Installed windows

To gaze out upon our future

Warmly insulated with affection

Furnished with devotion

Decorated with adoration

Fireplaces crackling with passion

Gardens of friendship lovingly tended

And through years of wear and tear

We renovated and repaired

Each fissure, each broken promise

Of our patchwork palace.

But alas we could not hide

The cracks in our foundations

Rocked by our earthquakes

And when you slammed the door

Our fragile house fell down.

You sought shelter elsewhere

The stability I could not provide

A sturdier home

To house your hopes and dreams

A love fortified

But I still roam

These crumbling ruins

Of our once proud castle

Derelict and dilapidated

The ashes of our endeavours

A shell of shadows

Still haunted by your ghost

But in the dust of this destruction

The remnants of our construction

Remind me that our love

Was once a real thing of beauty

And never

A waste of time.

Emma H, age 27, 02/01/2018


This poem was inspired by the gorgeous song “Palace”, by the fantastically talented Sam Smith. You may recognise it from the soundtrack of a recent festive advert from Apple. I am a huge fan of Sam Smith; his songs are always lyrically exquisite and heartfelt. I wish I had the ability to express my emotions so eloquently! “Palace” is one of my favourite songs from his latest album, “The Thrill of It All”. You can listen to him singing it live here:

Inexperienced – A Tanka

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A heart that’s playful,

Body lustful, afire love,

Young passion blooming;

Excitement of something new

Courses hot through burning veins.

 

A heart that’s lifeless,

Body untouched, veins run cold,

Young love extinguished;

The new-felt pain of heartache

Like frostbite stinging the soul.

 

Emma H, age 26, 20/09/2017

 


A double tanka for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 63 – “cold & “playful”. You can find out more or read other entries here:

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 63 – Playful & Cold