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.

The Architecture of the Tortured Heart

Sybille Sterk

Joined July 2009

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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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