Hems of the Heart

Can I hold the hand inside you
Can I drink the drops of your breath
Do we dance in shadows
Or waltz in the rain
Comfortably numb
In the pouring pain

Promises broken
Spoken in fractured lips
A stranger’s heart
Is never home
Sit down rest awhile
I’ll listen
I’ll even smile

In the field of excuse
In the salt of your tears
Dolphin’s dance
In prose of your circumstance

And what could jealously but elude
A tale is told
Sleepless words
Not a hand to hold
Your Hell is vacant
In caves so cold

All the verse of Heaven could bring
Lift the seeds of your voice
I can’t sing

In a restless bed
A prisoner of thoughts
Inside this head
If it makes you sad
It must mean I’m bad

Would you hurt over me
I like I hurt over you
Is this penance a prelude?

I guess if you want
You could hide in the dark
The pieces won’t break
If they’re already apart
Desolate is the start
In the hems of the heart

How could you know what I go through?
You always get to be with you.

In this drought, there is no mercy
And doves don’t fly
In a crowded sky

More reasons
To flirt with why
Fingerprint your skin
Sweet is the juices of lingering sin

I just wish you would allow me in
Still the song plays on
And the dance is strong
Don’t you feel defeated
Robbed and cheated

I guess if you want
You could hide in the dark
The pieces won’t break
If they’re already apart
Desolate is the start
In the hems of the heart

©by John Braxton Sparks 2009

I don’t write alot of poetry, but when I do…like my writings..I’m drawn to darker themese…I’m not much of a poet, but I do love to write…this side of my writing doesn’t come out alot, but when it does I am compelled to write it.
This poem is for a special friend who requested it. I hope it lives up to her expectations, because it could never live up to the beauty of the person she is. I just hope she enjoys it.


  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 5 years ago

    a stunning heartfelt declaration….oh so very beautiful John, I did sigh…

  • Lisa-
    Thank you. I really don’t consider myself a poet…I always prided myself on writing “horror”, but when the emotions come, they can’t be ignored. I’m glad you enjoyed this piece…It means a lot coming from a truly such a talented poet as yourself. I’m truly glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the support. Once again, I am in awe of you!

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 5 years ago

    What we need is not always what we end up finding so we learn to accept what we have and maybe oneday we can celebrate what we did not have….Well if we can grow that tall me thinks.. XX

  • Dearest Arcadia-
    Thank you so much. I don’t write much poetry, the truth is, I don’t think I’m that good at it, but you found the meaning and that makes me feel better. Your comments always inspire me. Your talent is truly amazing and only shadowed by the beautiful heart you wear so softly on your sleeve. Thank you so much, Arcadia. I truly appreciate it.

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 5 years ago

    John…with Lisa on this …heartfelt and beautiful truths, sighville!
    I read this as a surprisingly ‘tender’ ( maybe i am a little warped :) piece and I could relate, (as I am sure many can) to lots…xx
    “In a restless bed
    A prisoner of thoughts”
    “How could you know what I go through?
    You always get to be with you.”

  • Sandra-
    Thank you! It is truly a different side of my writing that I don’t show that often. I love to write horror stories, but poetry has always been a pesky muse that escapes me. So I’m glad you enjoyed it. Your kind words and talent you have for this gene means so much to me. Thank you for your heartfelt comment and I’m so glad you liked it. It is a great accomplishment to have the great support of such a poetic talent as yourself. Thank you.

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Barbara Cliff
    Barbara Cliffover 5 years ago

    You are a very feeling person and your empathy so well expressed must surely help

  • Barbara-
    Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I don’t write that much poetry, but when one comes, I try to pen it. Thank you for your suport and I’m thankful that I could share this with you. Thanks for your encouragement!

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioover 5 years ago

    So very touching and beautiful John. I see your gentle soul ……….
    oh the way of your words………….sigh……….
    I will be reading this one over and over as well……..xo

  • Dearest Funky-
    I am glad you liked it. It means alot coming from such an inspirational source as yourself. Thank you so much for lending me your inspiration and the wonderful words of encouragement. You are a special muse, so much sweeter than “Birtha”….Thank you, and I’m so glad my source of inspiration enjoyed it!

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Solar Zorra
    Solar Zorraover 5 years ago

    Aww……see, everyone………..the sweet, tender man behind all of the folly. John, this was truly amazing……….I had no idea you were a poet too. Mmmmmwaaa. :) Solar

  • Solar-
    My dearest love! I’m so glad to see you back! I poem was requested of me, so this is the little ditty I came up with….I’m not much of a poet, as I love the dark jewels of my “horror” stories, but sometimes these things come, and usually they end up in a shoebox in my closet, but I’m glad I got the chance to share this one with you…I love you so much my feline grace, and it’s so nice to see you back…I missed you and I’m glad your back…I love you!

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 5 years ago

    Wonderful poetry John, so good to see your tender side ;-)

  • Matt-
    Thank you….Poetry is difficult for me. Thank you for your comment. It is encouraging. I’ve always just been more of a storyteller, so I’m glad that you liked it. Thanks for the encouragement my good fellow. :)

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Zolton
    Zoltonover 5 years ago

    Really nice. I like it very much. The pieces won’t break if they’re already apart… how many of us stay in pieces intentionally over that.

    (I do love my kids, but no poetry in Twisted Tales. Aaarg! Nothing against this)

  • Zolton-
    Thanks, I’m glad that you enjoyed it! No problem! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you liked it. I’m not much of a poet, always been more of a storyteller…so it all works out for the best….thank you for your kin comments. I truly appreciate them and thanks for the support….
    (can you send us over some suckers and candy…We’re almost out in the basement…)

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 5 years ago

    Very Good!

  • Thank you so much.

    – John Braxton Sparks

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 5 years ago

    To have written this at the request of someone else is such a beautiful thing to do and you have done it so well. x

  • Thank you, Teacup-
    I’m so glad you liked it. I think I struggle in the realms of poetry. This type of writing doesn’t come easy for me, so I am so glad that you liked it. I appreciate your kind comments and support, I truly thank you for it.

    – John Braxton Sparks

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