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Creating Heart

In that moment when our hearts break
We can choose to remain open
Feel our pain
or shut down.

If we remain open we are raw
We scud through a plethora of emotion:
shock black, anger red
grief grey, growth green
love pink.
The odyssey of pain.

Often the violence of our pain
makes us want to withdraw
like a deer, to lick wounds
like a hermit to fall within ourselves.

If we choose to close down
We divert our minds
Our wounds stay open and
then become crusty and dry
And our heart shrinks, tightens,
and the creative flow…stops.

If we stay open…
vulnerable…fragile everything hurts.
Looks shatter.
Words annihilate to red raw.
We crumble and fragment
And we bleed.

But we survive if we live our emotions
We wear our feelings out until
our tears a continual waterfall on our
face wash the pain away.
And we begin to heal.

Our divine inner child walks
and than dances again
Delicate fragile and raw
our heart breathes
And our creative flow continues
Vulnerable we can create and feel.

And we grow and we reconstruct
and put our pieces back together
Raw, exposed and alone
we draw from our heart
to create beauty
Alchemists and transformers we
recreate ourselves in a new form.

Naked, consumed in the act of creation
engaged and enraptured
we are consumed forever in
creating line by line
brushstroke by brushstroke
colour, line and form
uninhibited and free
creating beauty, creating life
…Creating Heart.

© Anthea Slade 2008

Written by Anthea Slade 14-9-08

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Creating Heart Featured in The Art of Pain 14-6-09
Creating Heart Featured in Poetry and Beautiful Women 19-4-09

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 6 years ago

    Thoughtfully powerful words deeply felt, Anthea. Can’t wait to now view your drawing.

  • Thank you so much David for your beautiful response to Creating Heart. I truly appreciate your words in response to my writing and art. Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful and so true the only way to heal is first fee the pain and than nature takes care of the rest we are by nature very resilient-awesome writing again Anthea.

  • Yes we are resilient and I agree by feeling the pain we move more quickly into transformation and healing…I have always tried to channel my pain into my creativity and transformed it into art and beauty. Then it becomes something else. Thanks for your wonderful comments my friend and thank you for the favourite.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 6 years ago

    Russell lee Klika thank you so much for making Creating Heart a favourite.

  • jomei249
    jomei249about 6 years ago

    Anthea, very beautiful, and strong. Not easy to stay open to the pain as the ego is a mechanism that actively prevents us from experiencing reality. Hats off to those who are sensitive to our inner life. Loved the colours you used in describing the emotional spectrum. Wishing you inner peace and happiness.

  • Jim thank you for your beautiful words in response to Creating Heart. Yes I agree that is not easy to stay open to the pain but to me it is worth taking that odyssey through the pain and facing and feeling it in order to heal and transform it into more life and beauty through creativity. I am so pleased that you like the colours used for the emotional journey. I hope you have a beautiful evening Jim.

    – Anthea Slade

  • jtaft
    jtaftabout 6 years ago

    This is tender and wise and I am so glad I read this! You are a wonderful artist as well:)

  • Jessica what a beautiful comment. I am so glad you read Creating Heart and that you have connected to the very essence of this poem. Thank you so much for making Creating Heart a favourite.

    – Anthea Slade

  • ufosIsee
    ufosIseeabout 6 years ago

    All things good and bad must be delt in our own way… The trick of surpassing this is to not chase rainbows, but rather draw them.. This was trully a lovely read… Anthea..

  • Oh thank you so very much for your beautiful words in response to Creating Heart…so glad you enjoyed this poem. This one is very important to me.

    – Anthea Slade

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

  • Oh thank you so very much for featuring my poem Creating Heart in Poetry and Beautiful women! I truly appreciate this feature my friend :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • JonoCarrick
    JonoCarrickover 5 years ago

    congratulations on having this featured.

  • Jono thank you…it is a good feeling to have Creating Heart featured in Poetry and Beautiful Women.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    Wow, Anthea. This is so beautiful and so true. You have perfectly captured the process of healing in a beautiful poem so easy to relate to. Thank you so much, this poem is like a healing to me. I love it. Instant favorite. xx

  • Erika thank you for your gorgeous comment and for favouriting Creating Heart. Your feedback means so much to me because I wanted to create the essence of healing our hearts in this work. Anthea xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    and you did create the essence of healing, that’s what I find so amazing about this poem, Anthea. xxx

  • Erika…I think you have made my day. Thank you so very, very much. xx

    – Anthea Slade

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