What Name

Heartstring Eulogies

“And I wonder about you.
If there’s a reason you haunt me.”

No matter what I try, my mind lingers to you. In the dead of night, I can hear you whispering through the trees, echoing through the chambers in my heart, as if they’re one and the same. And I wonder about you. If there’s a reason you haunt me. If there’s anything I can do to rid my thoughts of you. But I suppose that’s what my problem is. How can I banish you when I don’t even know your true name?

Is it Love? Pain? Or is it Death? I’m not sure I want to know.

© Sarah Doughty

Either way, I think I’m screwed.

I want you to think about this piece. Reread it. Let it simmer.
Death does not call out like a lost lover.
But someone that is lingering at the edge,
wondering about…

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Heartstring Eulogies

“You left once. So even if you tried
to come back, I wouldn’t trust that you’d stay.”

Maybe you only see yourself and leech love from other people until you leave them behind as empty husks with their hearts ripped from their chests. Or maybe you don’t realize the light you cast into this world. How you can light up someone’s life and the way you make them feel when you are around. And then the moment you leave, nothing is the same. The world is a little darker, that feeling of warmth and joy turns to cool numbness. I’d like to hope for the latter, but I’ve been wrong before. But now, it doesn’t matter. You left once. So even if you tried to come back, I wouldn’t trust that you’d stay.

© Sarah Doughty

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Water

ChinHooi Ng's Poetic Notes

Water

crystal clear

cultivates lives

benefits all thing and expects nothing

in return

water

kind and soft

soundlessly moistens a scenery

breeding a natural landscape

water

cleanses all things

has a cleansing instinct

to turn dirt into purity

water

all over the wilderness

with its benevolent conduct

doing good to all beings

be like water

with a mind of vale

the inner peace

and harmony

like a drop of water

let the heart shine

to refract the brilliant rays of sun

let it shine.

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