Sunday, February 12, 2017

His love back home left to fend for itself

                                                                                               Attribution: Newone
Image: A Valentine's Kiss (here)

Inspired by Sanaa's
Love’s a night-song sweet sung by
the tender strokes of wind – Valentine’s Day Special

13 given words:
bled body doors dreamed carved soldiers prayers 
fingernails fire body papers stone brown

His heart bled and his body caved in
owing to constant pressure
Doors to his soul were readily opened ajar
He dreamed of the sanctity of love carved out
pouring in not surreptitiously but in droves

Just as soldiers out at the front
Who could only hope their longings
Wrought with desires fears and prayers
were rightly brought home windswept
through storms hail and snow

He pressed his fingernails deep into his skin
To accentuate the fire burning hot in his body

Even if papers were to turn to stone
Brown with heat from his unrelenting quests
He could not hide his frustrations fighting for
someone else without knowing the reasons
His love back home left to fend for itself
sadly on this Valentine's Day

Brenda's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #286
Sanaa's Prompt Nights - Valentine’s Day Special


  1. "Doors to his soul were readily opened ajar"--definitely sounds like a man who is ready for love to pour in!!

  2. My goodness❤️💜this is such an evocatively penned poem, Hank! Sigh, especially touched by "He pressed his fingernails deep into his skin to accentuate the fire burning hot in his body." Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support❤️💜

    Lots of love,

  3. One can feel his frustration and pain. I think it was effective to use the title in the last lines.

  4. The analogy with the soldiers really drives home the intensity of the emotions felt.

  5. Very impressive use of the given words. Instead of an easy way out, you led our imagination down a path less trodden.

  6. As always you reflect the heart and soul. This was wonderful to read.


  7. Such pressures and emotions sure fly, so few can understand them truly

  8. Gorgeous writing some of your finest Hank. A powerful emotional poem


  9. You have expressed in words what I imagine many soldiers feel. Very well written.