Bruised Heart



Tell me, what should I do with this bruised heart?
A blade of grass, both fragile and fierce,
Whispering secrets of whispered fears.

I feel my pulse racing, a wild horse running,
As the world collapses all around me.
A cacophony of thoughts, a choir of doubts,
Seeking solace in the arms of fear.

The weight of worry settles on my chest,
A burden too heavy to bear.
I am drowning in a sea of what-ifs,
Unable to find solid ground.

Each breath a struggle, a battle fought,
Against an invisible foe within.
Anxiety, my constant companion,
Weaving its web of despair.

But there is a quiet strength, a flicker of hope,
That refuses to be extinguished.
In the depths of my darkest hours,
I find solace in the presence of the wild.

Nature, a balm for this restless soul,
Holds the secrets to my healing.
In the embrace of trees, I find refuge,
Their roots grounding me, steady and strong.

And I learn to let go, to surrender,
To the uncontrollable tides of life.
It's in the surrender, I find resilience,
And in resilience, I find freedom.

So, tell me not to fear the darkness,
It's where I must learn to shine.
My anxiety, a part of me, but not my entirety,
A catalyst for growth, for self-discovery.

I am learning to dance with my demons,
To embrace the shadows as they waltz.
It's in this intricate tango,
That I find the beauty amidst the chaos.

So, tell me, what can I do with this bruised heart?
I will paint it with the colors of bravery,
And wear it as a testament to my strength,
A reminder that I am still here, still breathing.
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Written on June 29, 2023

Submitted by JoeStrickland on June 29, 2023

Modified by JoeStrickland on July 24, 2023

1:40 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXX BCXX XDXX XXXD XXXX XBXX XXXX XXCC XXXX ACXB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,541
Words 332
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Joe Strickland

Writer from South Carolina. Recently signed first publishing contract and is waiting for release date of first collection of poetry. I've never written a poem while completely sober. You can follow me on Twitter/X @JoeStricklandAU more…

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