The Architecture of the Tortured Heart

Rip it
Shred it
Slash it
Squash it
Tear it apart.

Reconstruct the outline
from the bones of the past.

Turn it inside out and upside down,
ward off the spectre of anticipated pain.

Re-shape the body’s flesh
from slights yet to come.

Slather it in deadly poison,
antidote to terrors of the mind.

Rip it
Shred it
Slash it
Squash it
Tear it apart.

Rebuild the inner workings
armour knitted from barbed wire.

Electric sparks pulled from irate lightning
running through fluorescent veins.

Flood the vessels with venom
drawn from pollution of the soul.

Drumbeats woven from the thunder of machines
dragging it through the ravages of time.

Rip it
Shred it
Slash it
Squash it
Tear it apart.

The architecture of the tortured heart is complete.

Angels stop singing
the universe halts
the light is absent
the shadow is prevalent.
Love went away elsewhere.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

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Architecture of the tortured heart is to accompany my painting ‘Tortured Heart’. It is an explanation of sorts. Whilst this may sound very violent to me it is extremely sad.

Check out the third in my series What heart are you?, Tortured Heart



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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Simply the best!! Powerful and haunting writing dear Sybille.

  • Thank you Anna, something close to my heart. So many people torture themselves and I wish they didn’t. Makes me so sad and angry.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrover 4 years ago

    Fantastic words and image.

  • Thank you so much Rhena! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    The torture is explicitly eloquent….if there be such a duality?? The last line and the first stanza contain the essence of this for me. This is how one can feel when love does go away….thankfully there is a healing heart that finds the ache and begins the process of patch and mend with a stitch in time…xx

  • Thank you for the lovely comment KarenSue, maybe that should be my next heart – the mending/healing heart?

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    I agree so much. Perhaps one of the series could be a healing heart? I am loving this series.

  • It’s funny how one heart grows from the one before, but they all seem to have their place. I started a flowering heart, but the time’s not quite right for that. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • boswell20
    boswell20over 4 years ago

    fantastic write!…what an exquisite way to explain how to break a heart…very nice indeed! :)

  • Thank you. This is actually meant to be the kind of self-inflicted pain of the kind of person who hurts someone before they are hurt and plans their revenge before they’re attacked. However, I could see that it would work for breaking someone’s heart too. Didn’t think of that. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsover 4 years ago

    Great write.

  • Thank you! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Barry W  King
    Barry W Kingover 4 years ago

    brilliant work

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    Exceptional piece of writing it conveys perfectly how a broken heart feels, I’m fairly sure that the scar of a break always remains….it does fade.


  • Thank you so much Lisa. Greatly appreciated.

    The best words to describe a broken heart have (for me) always been these (by the great T.S. Eliot):

    This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.

    Although there are different interpretations of this to do with the gunpoweder plot etc, this has always summed up a broken heart for me.

    :-) x

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    w0w! superb writing sweetheART love it – inst fave ;} happy hippy huggglez

  • Thank you so much Sweetie! :-) x

    – Sybille Sterk

  • chitrali
    chitraliover 4 years ago

    WOW!!…this is deeply emotional and (unfortunately) so often true how a heart gets used/treated, powerful stuff….really felt this one….x chitrali..

  • :-) So glad you like it and took the time to comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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