Poetry by Shigé Clark

"Let the battered heart rejoice"


lost love

Remember Love

Remember Love


He was a quake who knew not how
To slow his rough advance
And she was snow, but in his arms
Became an avalanche.

– s. Clark


I loved you like a car crash
On a road of asphalt fears
Smoking fumes of black regret
And gushing oil tears

The spark you lit inside me
Was the flame that scorched my soul
The pistons all keep pumping
But the wheels refuse to roll

The twisted, burning wreckage
Strewn across the battered ground
Will stop the flowers growing
There for years and miles around

And all the screaming sirens,
Flashing lights, and prayers for breath
Were not enough to save us,
Me from crashing, you from death

I loved you like a medic
Pressing life into your heart
But you are gone. And I remain.
Just pieces blown apart.

– s. Clark


Oh traitor breath
That steals into the lungs so,
Unwelcome visitor
Coming too oft to call.

Treacherous heart,
To beat your will upon me,
To knock so constantly,
Pour life into my halls.

Unfaithful legs,
To lift, and pull, and carry,
Taking me on and on
Roads I care not to trod.

Oh hateful mind!
To bring back to my memory
The duties that I owe
To man, and more, to God.

Oh faithless love,
To go, and worse, to leave me.
To hurry on your way,
And not await my time.

All marches on,
And waits not on my pleasure
To live, or die, or linger,
Or leave me so behind.

– s. Clark

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