Poems and Poetry

hurt poems

The Promise | A Poem by Roy Pullam

When the heart breaks
Pieces of memories
Ricochet off each other
With emotional violence
Such loss
Comes with numbness
Then the flood
Of pain
Followed by hopelessness
Yours is the deepest hurt
A childhood boyfriend
A husband
A father
A moral center
Solid and stationary
The comfort of aging
Sharing children
And grandchildren
Plans together
For a future retirement
All incinerated
But at its worst
There are “the we”
Who willingly
Will be there
Listening
When sorrow
Must be shared
Those of us
Who will bear
Any burden
While you find
The balance
As close to normal
As it
Can ever be


Quickly Moves On | A Poem by Guy Farmer

I immediately see it
In his eyes,
Just beneath the bluster,
Pervasive fear, and
Not just a flicker but a
Fully formed flame,
Pleading for solace,
Some kind of relief from
All these years of pain and
Everything he’s done to others to
Try to silence the agony.
He doesn’t let me in, but it’s
Clear he knows I know, and
Quickly moves on to the
Next person who doesn’t.


Evidence | A Poem by Krushna Chandra Mishra

Wherefrom, you tell me,
Shall I collect evidence
On my complete ruin in your hands
Once you in all cunning
Have erased everything
From coming to be used against you
To put me back in my place
From where in utter grief and loss
I stand displaced and perplexed?

Now thus once again
On your calculated return to me
I have nothing more to ask
Except to once in concrete terms
Explain to me how and in what conditions
You sought to withdraw from my life
To keep your shadow constantly troubling me
To my utter despair and ruin
From the dark abyss of which perhaps
Never in this life
I think I shall recover for sure.

Evidence it is
I am beside you and here
Not demanding anything except
Finding you broken and lost and groping
For something you know
You will never be able to lay
Your crazy hands upon.