Hearts of Stone


Hearts of stone cannot bleed;

aortas and ventricles

clog and contort,

but will not spill their precious cargo.

 Hearts of stone

may be islands,

coastlines of security for the soul interred –

but do not good bedfellows make.

Hearts of stone

do not conform to spooned softness

or adapt to reaching arms;

they will not break for others

or drive change in the leaking.

Better to bleed,


beat fast with the pain,

than to remain

a stone.

9 comments on “Hearts of Stone

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Yes…but it is such a beautiful stone 😦

  2. jaels says:

    Hmmm–I suppose it would do no good to wish I had a heart of stone, the dye’s been cast. Beautiful work, Mel.

  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us give up our stone for flesh . .even if we bleed sometimes. Great poem!

  4. Sad to see so many choosing that which doesn’t bleed or blossom ~ a marvelous poem!

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