Bleeding Heart


The fragile flowers draped across the stem
Tenderly waft in breeze of quiet day,
Yet they hang not so splendid as the hem
Which puts your pleasant features on display.
I can imagine a delicacy
To trump even the tenderness of blooms,
But I can’t eclipse this hesitancy,
This form which my ferocious fear assumes.
I endure by shamefully unclothing you,
In my mind and bleeding heart, from afar,
Yet my damned morals attempt a coup.
I worry you will find me a bizzare
And pathetic degenerate; I blame
You not, for my stares are sin just the same.


Alexander Eliot gave a fantastic photo for his prompt this week, and I just couldn’t resist!

I was so impressed by this picture that my mind couldn’t come up with prose – that’sΒ literally never happened before. The way the poem took a turn about someone’s unrequited attempts at love initially was supposed to be about someone who loved a person who was dead, but I ended up going into a bit creepier territory.

Anyway, hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

17 thoughts on “Bleeding Heart

  1. Alexander Elliott says:

    Thanks for participating! This was a very creative take on such a simple image. Is he a randy teen? A psychopath? Her next door neighbor? Will she ever discover his prurient intentions? Could there be a happy ending? Stories galore hidden in your poetry…

    I must admit – nature scenes seem to lend themselves to poetry rather than prose, but I am hesitant to try! This one already had a story, otherwise I’m not sure what I would have done with the photo.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I thought of the guy in the poem as just a really shy dude who’s getting a bit desperate. He finds himself really repulsive, but I think a bit more confidence and better self-image would help him.

      Thank you for taking such a great image! πŸ™‚

  2. Jules says:

    Let your muse roam. Sometimes it is fun to explore other creative styles.
    Does have a bit of peeping Tom about it… but then peeping Toms can have dreams too.

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