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Forests of the Heart

Bitter-bitter word shards
Cutting my lips to shreds
Dripping black ink snakes
Onto the pristine white paper
Shaped by the solicitous pen
Into syllables and words

Sing-song word notes
Dancing on the page
In undulating conga lines
From the left to right
Called to order by the pen
Into verses and rhymes

Pineapple-scented words
Flavouring the ink
With little bursts of lemon
Golden sunshine days
Forever engraved by the pen
Into minds and hearts

Pen in my hand
I get ready for the day
Exorcising demons
Banishing shadows
Sharing my heart
Baring my soul

Painting mindscapes
Sketching soulscapes
Growing Forests of the Heart


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

Forests of the Heart

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

Art and writing keep me sane…

Bitter-bitter is a reference to Stephen Crane

In the desert

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said: “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter-bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.

Forests of the Heart is a reference to Charles de Lint


Forests of the Heart
by Sybille Sterk


MCN: C5V2G-G5E8U-Q2ND5

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