Heart of Wax

Her heart melted like wax and ran down insider her silently. No one could hear or see it.  As numbness cloaked her, she lay flowers on his grave. Only because she saw the sun smile did she do the same. Thirty years gone, she still asks why. This is the barrenness of harvest or pestilence. The following years did not yet provide the answer. She waits still of hope in the future she does not yet see.

People are irreplaceable. The living does not substitute those who are gone. She cares not what anyone says; grieving lasts a lifetime. Maybe that is why she is fragile as fine china and is too easily broken.

If you happen to see her, she could be anywhere, treat her kindly.

Because you probably won’t recognize her, treat everyone kindly.

Today at dversepoets.com Bjorn is challenging us to another prosery.

He has given us a line of poetry “This is the barrenness of harvest or pestilence”, asks us to incorporate it into prose, fiction or biographical, of 144 words. Considering the season and Sweden’s tradition of honoring the memories of the dead, I followed suit.

Fiction? Fictitious people do not die.



About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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10 Responses to Heart of Wax

  1. I love how you treated her grieving… you cannot ever recover an unexpected death… it will linger and make you break again and again,


  2. msjadeli says:

    I like the ongoing mystery and how you wove the prompt line into it. I also like how she could be anyone so treat all kindly.


  3. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You present lovely texture between ongoing grief, fragility, and the kindness mostly missing in our chaotic Now.


  4. rothpoetry says:

    Very good write! And a good word of wisdom for us as well!


  5. Grace says:

    Yes with kindness. I can understand that kind of grieving – its crippling and can last a lifetime.


  6. kim881 says:

    I like the phrase ‘Her heart melted like wax’ and recognise the numbness of grief in your prose, Kerfe, and yes, it lasts a lifetime.


  7. Great story with wise words and a message to carry every day.


  8. hannamccown says:

    This is beautiful Mary. I feel that you wrote about me.


  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    Let us all learn the lesson of kindness, for those who grieve and for all others as well.


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