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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (a poetry) by moonlover

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The heart naturally engages in a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty, love and meaning.

There are two books which have inspired me whilst growing up. One is a novel called ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ whose heroine is a strange young girl named Mick that I have always identified with; the other is the classic children’s book called ‘The Little Prince’ where the fox said ‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye’. I have always remembered that all my life. I would like to believe it is my philosophy in life. This poem somehow integrates the two books, and myself.

Poetry featured in the book of poetry called ‘The Forsaken Muse, A Woman’s Journey from Sorrow to Hope’

The Heart is a lonely hunter
It searches far and wide
trying to find beauty in a world that’s lonely,
full of hate and dark.
It is a solitary being looking for love.
It is a lonely search,
it could last for months or years,
or a lifetime.
Sometimes the heart keeps looking
until the day it dies, but never finds,
Yet the heart goes on and never tires.
It looks for meaning in the wrong places,
leading to heartache and brokenness…

Every heart wants love in whatever shape or form
It longs to find beauty,
and peace that the world cannot fathom…
Yes, the search is intense for the quiet truth,
the elusive love, the meaning of life.
But isn’t that what life is all about?
That there is a deeper reason for all
than meets the eye
Let our hearts never tire looking
for that which is essential….
Then and only then can we find
the true meaning of life.

Inspired by the novel, ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers and the children’s book ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

My image by ‘Raoul’
Nikon D5000


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Rowena (Moonlover) is the author of the book The Forsaken Muse, a Woman’s Journey from Sorrow to Hope; available in major online bookstores & selected outlets in Sydney.


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  • tim norman
    tim normanabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely fabuluos write ML..every word including the initial introduction. Has taken most of my life to understand my feelings, have acted on senses alone perhaps too afraid to open my heart..but illeess and conviction leads me to risk, tka e chance.. and be open and free..both you and anthea can examine these things with the clarityi cant… Meaning to life and values are important to me..
    thank you …Perhaps..sharing and contributing and giving makes the heart find what it desires…as does honesty and truth..? Idealistic maybe..:))))

  • Hey Tim, thanks….am glad if this resonates with you. I write from what I feel, and my experience in most cases. My teacher/mentor in literature, who just passed away called it S.H.E. (Significant Human Experience). Pls see In Memoriam

    – moonlover

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait and lovely poem.

  • Thanks MM….Credit as well to the photoartist:-)

    – moonlover

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • thanks.

    – moonlover

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Portrait … simply Stunning !

  • thanks Paul for this. Say hello to ‘cat’. :-)

    – moonlover

  • Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell
    Geraldine (Gez...about 4 years ago
  • many thannks …..always an honour

    – moonlover

  • Graham Povey
    Graham Poveyabout 4 years ago

    There is an essential truth in your words Rowena! ….. Acceptance of the journey and that each moment in the search is a part of the the answer to what we seek, is a wisdom in itself……..Beautiful honesty in this!

  • Thanks graham….again….always you comment with such deep insight, deep understanding:-)

    – moonlover

  • VenusOak
    VenusOakalmost 4 years ago

    You can click on the banner to read the magazine, and you can download it from the site.
    Please would you leave any comments on the FORUM

    Sincere congratulations

    Venus & Anna

  • many thanks VenusOak…always an honour.

    – moonlover

  • missyjennyb
    missyjennybalmost 4 years ago

    such a sensitive, beautiful portrait and poem. :)

  • thanks Jen…I need to spend time, quiet time to go through your material….I need to read them in solitude….amazing work you have Jen. x

    – moonlover

  • zdepe
    zdepealmost 4 years ago
  • thanks for the fav and song.

    – moonlover

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 4 years ago

    I can still see the fight for life moving about in her eyes..the beauty of what once was still breathes…telling shot.

  • thanks Chris. yes, we keep going. x

    – moonlover

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