A Tear – In Isolation

The broken heart sheds but a single tear

which lands on a bare, deserted grave

that holds the remains of one so dear,

but which love alone yet could not save.
outback grave

The heart returns to this place once each year,

tied by chains unseen – making for a morbid slave.

Compelled to grieve by a yet unnamed fear;

Loss brings with it isolation none would crave.





    • Thank you, Nat 🙂

      I woke up with the first 2 lines running around in my brain, repeating – i have no idea why? I had to ‘flesh it out’ a little but wanted to keep it brief and to the point.

      A rare excursion into verse for me – your kind comment may encourage further attempts 😉

      Sweet dreams.


    • ‘Keeping the candle burning.’

      Some traditions, thankfully, remain alive today.

      Unlike the poem i hope your ties are one’s of a less heavy heart. 🙂


  1. Beautiful poem. My mother’s birthday is the day after Christmas, she would have been 101. She was my best friend, and only died two years ago, and I miss her terribly. Wonderful poems like yours bring consolation in knowing others have experienced grief like mine. Your last line especially resonates with me. Loss brings isolation. I have been feeling extremely lonely, the holiday season is not helping.

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    • Thank you for your kind words Carol and I fully understand the feelings and am sorry your Mom has passed on. I know it’s not a substitute for the real thing but we do have an internet ‘family’ here who are always ready to chat or correspond. It’s my main form of socialisation these days. 😉

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  2. I really enjoyed this poem. It seemed inspired. I visit my uncle’s grave once a year with my family and place some flowers there.

    Btw, I’ve been having trouble responding to your comments on my blog about floods and bikes! I’m not ignoring you, just running into technical difficulties which I’m trying to fix. I was going to ask about the layers of fossils of various animals and if the sediment from each layer is different due different mass floods.

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    • Thank you Sa!
      The inspiration was not so much of a personal event as the first two lines running through my mind as i awoke that day. It needed fleshing out so in added the annual visit in memoriam, which is fine as a token of respect and rememberance but i felt in the case of a broken heart it was more of a chain that kept the heart unable to escape the ‘unnamed fear’ and condemned it from ever being free to love again, which is rather sad. 😦

      You can be too attached to some one/something.

      As for the reply’s – i understand and had no concern of you ignoring me – a few people seem to have been having various issues with wordpress or their operating system doing weird things. It seems like at least once a week there is a serious ‘upgrade’ that can make things go wrong nowadays – too many ways to connect tothe net and they are not all that interchangeable for programmers i suspect. 😉

      AS for the fossil records. As far as i know there would not have been all that many mass flood events ( i’m talking here about events that would be considered ‘world wide’ ( to the limits people had access to ‘the world’) ) Perhaps there may have only been one ‘Great Flood’ in human memory (certainly since the last ice age ~ 15000 years ago predating any written language)

      Each culture describes usually only one and it may well have been the same one?

      Given that the fossil records go back several hundred million years it is possible that other flood events may have occurred and could have been more geographically localised to a country or larger region?

      I am pretty sure though that there is a fair degree of conformity with the records all over the world being ‘deposited’ during the same times and for periods longer than any single flooding event would explain – it is more likely to simply be the gradual laying down of layers of soil, ash and debris over time. Another complicating factor is the tectonic plate movement that makes the earth bend up, down and even fold over itself as evidenced in the layering of certain mountain ranges where the ‘sedimentation’ has been altered to very steep angles and is in the process of being washed and eroded down by constant weathering moreso than a single large deluge.

      I think the real answer is likely to be some kind of combination of gradual ‘burying’ as well as some infrequent ‘drowning’ from smaller local flooding periods?

      To put it in current topical context: I’d say it has a great deal to do with the prevailing climate and the heating and cooling of our planet and the effects that has on our weather.

      Just another thought – large parts of Australia (and other countries) that are now over a 1000 feet above sea level were once sea-beds! The sea that separates Aus from Asia was once a land bridge. The surface of the earth moves up and down over time making seas change places with dry land and vice versa. How fast it does this and what causes it? It might have something to do with the mantle of liquid magma beneath the thin surface of our planet’s crust – we basically are living on the equivalent of an eggshell over a giant boiling hot yolk! The shell can be thickened or thinned at various places at different times due to moving currents below the crust ‘melting bits at different rates with the thickest parts being pulled down towards the core more than the thinner parts which then get pushed up!

      The world is an amazing, and constantly changing, place! 🙂

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      • Yes, my aunt lost her husband to lung cancer. It was very difficult to move on. She moved her family out of state and start life fresh in a new place, though. Eventually, she found love again and remarried this past year! She’s really happy, and I’m happy for her.

        There are many factors to consider with the changing of the layers of the Earth. Thank you!

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