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I waited for your call

From the edge of recollection

The warehouse of my heart

Into a chamber of desolation.


High over my thoughts

Nothing but my imagination

Blown petals that shine

Shards of bright illumination.


You promised

An answer

A fish not a serpent

Bread instead of a stone

Good things if we ask

Good gifts to your children.


I turn my face towards the wind

Into the warm reflection

Forget the touch of the sun

Empty with hopeless rejection.


I waited for your answer

Deep in the castle of anticipation

But you had already provided

Grace within shattered fragmentation.


Written for Poetry Jam – Castle of Glass


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10 Responses to Shattered

  1. Mary says:

    “A fish, not a serpent
    Bread instead of a stone”
    So much has been provided indeed.
    I enjoyed this, Alan!

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    Sad, but beautiful, heartfelt. I’ve been there.

  3. Susan says:

    So forlorn and full of despair … sometimes it is hard not to forget the warmth of the son …

  4. A lot of depth to this poem, often it is in silence we receive our answers. Nicely written.

  5. Helen Dehner says:

    … and at the end ~ Grace within shattered fragmentation. This is lovely, sad and incredibly connected to the lyrics.

  6. brian miller says:

    The warehouse of my heart

    Into a chamber of desolation…nice really sets up the feel…
    i recognise the scripture ref as well to the snake…sometimes our answers
    do not look the way we think they should…

  7. ND Mitchell says:

    This reads like a Psalm, in the sense that in spite of lament, there is the clinging to Grace at the end. Moving piece of writing. I recognised the feelings behind this all too readily. Nice work sir.

  8. peggygoetz says:

    I enjoyed this visit to the glass castle–even though it was a kind of sad poem. Very interesting prompt this week! Thank you!

  9. maryannpotter says:

    Sad but so well done. I especially liked your “warehouse of the heart.” It rings so true…

  10. This was beautiful and heart-wrenching and the flow was just amazing

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