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Poem~Tempered Heart

~Tempered Heart~

From where does love come?
And where does love go?
When it comes to our heart,
As it ebbs to and fro?

For where love comes from,
It is a grave matter.
It will either take root,
Or leave it in tatters.

For where does love go?
When two hearts asunder?
When the dear riches of love,
Are robbed and long plundered?

Does love come from a spring?
Deep within our own heart…
For when love dries up,
It crumbles apart.

Does love come from deep places?
We keep to ourselves…
Where we safeguard our fears,
We store in deep wells?

Oh, the tortuous twist!
Of love unrequited…
Seized so deep in a heart,
It is never sighted.

A young, tender heart.
Surely will suffer a bruise.
It has never been tempered.
Or by pain felt confused.

For love shall leave us,
By death or loves wane.
Can one fathom the depths,
Of such tortuous pain?

For love comes from a heart,
Forged in loves fires.
A heart that’s been tempered.
By loves pain and desires.

For the tempering of hearts,
Comes from the pain of loves ending,
Then when love again blooms,
After its healing and mending.

~Mariann Hayes~
Copyright © Mariann Hayes 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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4 responses

  1. Randall N. Holm

    Very beautiful, Annie. The title is so appropriate. Someday you will be well known if you keep writing such beautiful poetry.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    • Randy,
      Thank you, for your encouraging words and friendship!

      April 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  2. Reiko Romero

    Annie, I just heard something today that made so much sense to me. Gary Busey of all people. He said something about our enemies were friends backwards. Enemies are friends in a weird sort of way. They are here to teach us valuable lessons about ourselves. I had such an “ah-ha” moment on that one. As I read your poem, I felt the same thing about the pain of love.

    ” For love comes from a heart,
    Forged in loves fires.
    A heart that’s been tempered.
    By loves pain and desires.” (Marianne Placzek-Hayes)

    I felt this verse and loved how you used the word “tempered” to describe what love does to one’s heart.

    The transition from verse to verse are so smooth…it is almost like a song, Annie.
    Your poem took me on a 4 minute ride through so many memories. These memories are all precious to me although some do remind me of those bruises that love left me with. Once again, the pain comes to teach us something we need to learn. Your a natural with your pen, Annie. Keep it up…I want to read more!

    Reiko Romero

    April 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    • Reiko, I enjoyed reading your keen, pinpoint insights! Reading them about my poem, leaves me feeling elated! it’s exactly what I wanted to convey: How a heart suffers ‘tempering’; experiencing love and losing love, makes a heart ready for the next relationship. In each relationship we learn about ourselves, the people we’re drawn to, what is a good/bad in a relationship and most to all, how our heart grows in the process by the pain we endure. Thank you for your encouragement and keen insights!

      April 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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