4.0
January 2, 2014

My Runaway Heart (Fell in Love with You). ~ Lily Robinton {Poem}

Foolish, wild heart
Slippery creature.

Of course I know better than to let my foolish little heart near you
But I’ve never been a good master
Letting it ride out on my sleeve
And now it’s run away.

To be fair, you did leave your door cracked.

And in this cold world,
Who can blame my heart for seeking the warmth of your hearth?

So it stays.

Perhaps you know it is there
And so you keep the fire stoked
That is what I like to think when I worry and wonder:
How I could have been so careless to let it get away?

For you are not like me
You keep your heart safe
Fiercely guarded.

I like to think that one brave day
When I tell you about my stowaway heart
You will say I know,
It has been keeping my own lonely heart company.

A soothing thought.

But if instead you put it back out into the dark night,
I won’t blame you
You can’t be expected to keep watch of a wild little heart not your own.

Maybe I will learn to be more careful with my heart the next time ’round.

 

Want 15 free additional reads weekly, just our best?

Get our weekly newsletter.

Assistant Editor: Claire Weber/ Editor: Bryonie Wise

Photo Via: everystockphoto

You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

Amy Jan 24, 2014 11:16pm

Sad and enchanting! I can really relate!

JoAnn Traub Jan 24, 2014 2:26pm

You put feeling into words. You allow expression of the intangible. Beautiful and delicate. I loved your poem.

Jan 14, 2014 11:33am

This is so perfect.

Read Elephant’s Best Articles of the Week here.
Readers voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares:
Click here to see which Writers & Issues Won.

Lily Robinton

Lily Robinton is flexing her wings. She likes to paint mermaids, sing in the car, and contemplate the human condition. Her left brain helped her get a Bachelor’s in Biology and a law degree. Lily enjoys being unintentionally (but cheerfully!) awkward on a daily basis because it makes people smile.