Never Was

I will not allow
my heart to become
your blank slate

upon which to carve
soothing stories for yourself
of a time and place

that never was.

No matter how
you reject or dismiss
its audacious beat,

the truth roars
in my heart’s blood -
loud, primal -

and drowning out the lies.


Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


Liner Notes For This Groove: This poem was created for the Weekly Scribblings prompt given at Poets and Storytellers United, Writing a Blank. 

27 comments:

  1. The heart must always speak its truth!

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  2. Wow, I love the powerful assertiveness in this!

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  3. I smile a little, no one should offer an entirely blank slate to their heart. "Mrs. Jim stole my heart:, I carry a picture with an arrow through, with those words below the drawing in my Bible, it's been there 48 years that we have been married. She blushes every time I come to it and with a nudge (in church) show it to her.
    ..

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    1. Aw, that is so sweet! Congrats on a life filled with love!

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  4. It is always sad to see one partner subservient to the other when the whole idea is their joining together equally.

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  5. I'm always a little uncomfortable at those wedding ceremonies where they extinguish their individual candles to light only one. While I believe in the togetherness of marriage, I think individuality must be retained. I like your poem very much.

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    1. I think the strongest relationships I've seen typically involve each partner respecting the other's individual nature and not seeing it as something to absorb or mimic.

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  6. Writing your darkest thoughts on heart's blank slate .... no one must ever see/know. Well done.

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  7. Powerful Rommy —strong and self-realized. Excellent!

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  8. I love this strong-minded woman and her self-preservation.

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  9. A heart should never be a blank space
    Happy Sunday
    Luv the creative take of The Tea Party in this Pink video

    Happy Sunday

    Muchđź’ślove

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  10. Touche. A strong poem that gives insight into the intuitive feeling of being lied to.

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    1. Thank you, Colleen. Yes, I definitely wanted to capture that moment that someone realizes there's an attempt going on to gaslight them (or be used to gaslight others).

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  11. Too many people out there deceive themselves. And this is bad enough. But when they try to make us unwilling conspirators in their deception, saying "No!" is a must.

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  12. there's no two ways on this, no compromise, no negotiations.
    strong poem.

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  13. Love the boldness in your poem, Rommy. It also gives me hope that truth will always prevail no matter the lies we are fed, nowadays.

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  14. Let your heart speak! Strong, powerful words! Big Hugs!

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