Even the Heartache

Yesterday, I discussed a poem of my called “The World Imagines Rain” that had been published in the latest issue of Ink In Thirds.  I used to the poem to illustrate the effect of getting off the topic as quickly as possible in poetry. However, I neglected to discuss another poem of mine in the same issue called “Even the Heartache.”  Here is the poem:

Even the Heartache

There’s freedom in a thing that’s lost.
A balloon left to the breeze.

A woman abandons herself,
even the heartache.
Her veins like roots begin a search for openings
when the letting go begins.

A tree grows on the other side of the world.
Its trunk thickens.
Its branches sway in helium
from the light of a dance with the sun.

The poem provided another example of jumping off topic of the poem, while maintaining its essential tapestry or exploration of theme

The first stanza is a basic assertion about loss and freedom. The second stanza provides a different association while elaborating on first assertion.  The third stanza adds yet another separate association, but reaches (or tries to reach) for some sort of resolution.

The last line was written in anapests (two short unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one) to attempt to provide a faster pace to the poem and imply the sense of freedom the poem tried to speak to.


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