27 April 2011

Magpie Tales 63: Kaleidoheart

Courtesy of Tess Kincaid at Magpie Tales

A toy, really, I know,
but so much different
for it to be what I saw
when I looked through
the shattered glass
she left me in place
of the heart I once knew, 
long ago and far away

the boy I was
offering a broken plaything
to the man I had become,
learning so swift a lesson 
harsh and edges of razors,
liquid eyes diffracting to see
through the granular pain,
that beauty remains at the core


  1. broken hearts can be pretty to look at but painful to hold....

    nice take on the prompt

  2. ... who among us has not suffered this pain. Your Magpie is beautifully written.

  3. I think it was Jack Gilbert who wrote, "grief makes the heart apparent as sudden happiness can." Something about a broken heart loves the world in a bigger way. Glad to hear that grace made its way back to your door. - Brendan

  4. KaleidoGumbo,
    Thanks for sharing. Always a word-treat to read your stuff.
    Wordsicle? Wordernut Bar? Wordgurt? Wordpop?
    Anyway, good stuff.

    The Cheeky Daddy

  5. Thank Goodness beauty remains at the core, and even a lost love is never wasted. Nice one, Gumbo!

  6. Beautiful write. I think we all can relate here.

  7. A twist of the wrist and it all changes, and you've caught that feeling of being splintered into sharp but colorful fragments very well.

  8. I am glad that beauty remains at the core.

  9. I'm just going to say, "What Jason said." Cleverness there.


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...