a familiar story

the devil is in the details
and love is in little things, too,
everyday ones we don’t really notice
but they do make a difference
to the colour of your day
blue skies or rain
tears or a smile

a heart doesn’t break easily
but carelessness will do it
have you heard the sound it makes
it’s not pleasant but at least it’s quiet
something you get used to
a kind of tinkling
like wind chimes in the rain

hanging in the wind
a heart on a string
fluttering on a breeze
or on a storm wind
getting tattered and ratty
not worth caring for
just a memory

make a knot in your hanky
to remember me by
until the ink fades
and the scars turn white

love is not done in a day but
sometimes it’s gone in a twinkle
it leaves footprints in the snow
and voodoo pins in your heart

follow the signs like a paper chase
you can see it if you stare really hard
feel the cracks with your finger
hear the laughter fading in the wind.


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

a familiar story

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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