Poetry, VOLUME 5

Maureen Doallas – Heartfelt [Poem]

Maureen Doallas

From the Collection, Neruda’s Memoirs
(T.S. Poetry Press, 2011)


Maureen Doallas - Neruda's MemoirsPain isn’t a wound
      we can stitch
      to a close.


The way we patch
      the hole a bullet makes
      or lace the skin that bones pierce.


Pain rises between
      the gaps left behind
      for the mind to wander in


And tears, when they come,
      get swapped for words we’ve learned
      to speak only to ourselves.


Our hearts pull
      blood in before
      pushing it out.


Measuring pain slowly,
      wait for it to dull,
      offer it time and memory.


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Read our review of Maureen Doallas’ Neruda’s Memoirs

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