Life Lesson Poem

Healing Old Wounds Of The Heart

I was walking along the sidewalk late one afternoon, and I noticed a long shadow stretching across the sidewalk that was cast from a very small pebble. I started to think of the pebble as an old hurt in the heart and how something relatively small can loom large. I decided to write a poem in a meter that feels unbalanced. I chose anapestic trimeter, a meter with three beats: duh-duh-DUH, and three feet per line.

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Old Wounds

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Published by Family Friend Poems June 19, 2024 with permission of the Author.

Do you feel in your heart an old wound?
That just festers and causes you pain?
Like a stone, it feels heavy and huge

Think instead of the shadows that bloom
Out of shape by the sun as it sets
So that even a pebble will loom

Set it down, swing your foot, watch it fly
It just takes one big breath, then one kick
And accept rays of light left behind



I am a recently retired middle school teacher, living in beautiful southern Arizona. After over 30 years of teaching, it's now fun to grow and develop new hobbies, such as writing poetry. I also enjoy long walks, bird watching and rooting for my favorite football team.

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  • Caroline J. Pennington by Caroline J. Pennington, Florida
  • 2 weeks ago

Wow! Such a nice poem. I can take it with me were ever I go. Tx

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