Day 4: Take a Little Piece of My Heart

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Finally, a topic I can get on board with! I love heart. One of my writing the goals the past few years has been to write with more heart! The poems of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Irene Latham come to mind when I think about that. And the nonfiction of Maria Gianferrari.

Also, my dad had a fall a few weeks ago, and it exacerbated his heart problems.

Here’s what I was thinking in these four lines:

  1. The word “promise” grabbed me in yesterday’s magnetic words. Our heart promises to beat. And it does, until it doesn’t. We take it for granted, as we take so much for granted!
  2. Our heart is this miraculous organ, and yet–not so attractive.
  3. The heart can be violent, passionate, uncontrolled, but it can also be a thing of glorious beauty and a gift to others.
  4. And I have to live my life guided by my heart.

What words will we be digging through today?

And here’s the card that we might pull our topic from:

So some possible topics are:

  1. pod
  2. pad
  3. phone
  4. touch
  5. apple

Will you join in? Would love to see what you come up with!


14 Responses

  1. I like that “promised beats”, Laura. I didn’t play today but will see what I can do tomorrow! We have snow again, not like you, but it’s good for the moisture!

    1. Thanks, Linda! Happy to see you hear when you have time. No commitments required. Hooray for snow! I’m actually wishing we’d get more, as I have a Florida sister coming up in a week. But it’ll be in the 60s by then. And muddy. And brown. :>(

  2. Ah, my quick write! Words from Day 3

    The Garden of My Heart

    Our garden,
    your promise.
    They who
    no beautiful accident.
    Always pulling our souls.

    I love how your poem, Laura, brings out the diamond of our heartbeats. How lucky we are to have strong ones! I find this way of writing a challenge but one that enables me to get something down fairly quickly and leads me to think. I enjoy reading what others are creating, too.

    1. Ooh, I like that long list of single verbs, Janet. Effective! And then the longer last two lines. <3

      1. Thanks as always for your feedback, noting the things you see!!! This is fun and I am looking forward to it even if I can’t do them all!!! But will try.

  3. I used some of your same words, Laura, to write mine today. I love the idea of our heart as a “guide for us”

    Plant kingdom challenge
    Fear our defeat
    Touching soul fear
    Garden guide promise
    Stop bringing us cuts

  4. Surgeons

    Beautiful touch
    Fingering promise
    Crave challenge
    Watch, guide, grasp

    1. This does describe surgeons so well. I am glad there are those who crave that challenge because it is not one I could do, but it is very needed. Those of us who have had something healed by their touch understand it is beautiful.

    2. Fabulous–I don’t know if I’ve read a poem about surgeons before. This is lovely!

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