Short Ends & Tall Whales

It’s ok to be broken a little
bending in the wrong direction
nothing is really broke in you
if you can speak of love occasionally
feel it and offer it freely

Stop fighting with yourself to be like them
be you with your indefinable fraggerty
there is grit behind crooked pauses

Put away the shouter doubter
you’ve got loads of questions that’s all
I can see you’re tall inside
even if life is coming up short ends

Silly billy us when we try to fit
into a swallow’s mouth
when our heart is the size of a whale

© K S Hardy 2010

Feelings and words fall on to the page
Sometimes they bite back
Sometimes they tug on our sleeve
Sometimes they have a cheeky grin
They stay once a page has found them
Words are faithful to us even in the dark

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    another wonderful write

  • Thanks Simon …. had a whale of time writing this ;O) …..Yeh I know that was as corny as you can get but well corny is ok sometimes too :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackover 4 years ago

    really lovely piece, i love ’ i can see you’re all tall inside’.

  • Thank you and particularly for pointing out that line. I did wonder if people would take it too literally …I am not on the tallish side myself….but definitely have a 6ft persona going on! :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • charanjitsingh chandhok
    charanjitsingh...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful write dear friend….soul lifting expression … should do a lot of good to enhance ones’ confidence !

  • Charan….hi there,
    Many thanks for such a positive reply to this writing :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Revenant
    Revenantover 4 years ago

    Fraggerty? What a lovely word. In similar vein (possibly), google “apasmaric”…

  • Yes ….exactly the same vein :)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • ElleHurley
    ElleHurleyover 4 years ago

    i can relate. beautiful piece, really, really beautiful.

  • Hi Elle
    good to relate with another soul searching writer.. :O) x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 4 years ago

    “Indefinable fraggerty "…I love this hehe
    I am re reading one of my favourite books …may I quote …
    “when I loved myself enough, my heart became so tender it could welcome joy and sorrow equally " hhmmm
    Doll, you are a thoughtful writer….love
    sandrababy x

  • Hi there Ms Sandrababy
    Tis a fraggerty kind of world me thinks …no point trying to make it smooth and static … it will beat us every time me thinks xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Jenna Kantor
    Jenna Kantorover 4 years ago

    Wonderful! I love the message conveyed here. It’s one we all need to remember occasionally.

  • Hi Jenna
    thanks for stopping over for a read…tis nice to meet you and to read your thoughts on this write :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 4 years ago

    Nice one !

  • Cheers Gregory :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 4 years ago

    A whale of a heart, of a write.

  • Yep ….row row ya boat and make room for the whale’s tale/tail ….

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    triple yay!!! no, ad infinitum YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Hi ya
    Good to see your Yay’s here Lina xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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