Poured Out

MantraThe final picture of last night’s post was a self portrait. The pencil drawing was a companion to a poem written while I drew the picture. It did not fit with the theme of inspiring and the gift-giving nature of post, so I saved it for today.

In the daylight, we sometimes find those who we believe to be the ones who will remain our suitors, companions and protectors to only be eating at the trough holding our hearts. They piggishly take advantage of our love for them and give nothing in return.

It is a solitary, lonely road littered with mines and jagged rocks, which tear at our feet, as we attempt to carry them along inside us, protecting them from the mines they have planted.

Even when we know these people for who they truly are, love is not so simple to abandon. We often nurture poisonous relationships in the interest of fending away loneliness or in search of the things we think will complete us. We continue to pour out our souls in the hopes the other will take up the other end of the bar and help us carry the load.

Eventually, our souls are poured out.

Incomplete ~ © 2003

Poured Out

It is not that she is shy or forlorn or shamed.
It is that she knows something she’s not ready to share.

Much has been taken from her, but nothing she wasn’t
Ready or willing to give to those for whom she cares.

Without the bend of an eyelash, the warmth of her heart
Pours forth to quell the fears and pains of her loved ones.

Now, she fills with pain as those around her crumble,
And she knows without those she cannot save, she’ll be alone.


Have you ever seen someone you loved crumble? Could you help? Have you ever had a poisonous relationship?

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  1. I think I am struck by sadness. Tenderly we walk over hearts and then stomp without justice or justification.

    • Red

       /  March 16, 2012

      Some days, the uncouth, selfish and callous have no idea where the treads fall.

  2. I love the line “without the bend of an eyelash” and hovered on the line for an extra moment. What grief she feels.

    • Red

       /  March 16, 2012

      That one held a lot of feeling for me. As opposed to “bat”, I liked “bend”. It brought to mind the imagery of wiping away a tear and bending the eyelashes back.

  3. Yeah I’ve been there and done that.

    These days I prefer to be alone rather than carry the pain of a one-way relationship – I’ve been hurt too damned often to try again and to be honest the medication makes a relationship of any kind strictly platonic.

    All I have learned is that you can love somebody with all your heart – only to have it ripped out…

    Love and hugs!


    • Red

       /  March 16, 2012

      For me, this one is not about the love interest, but the family and friends you watch destroy your relationships.

  4. authormjlogan

     /  March 16, 2012

    I too am struck by the callous thoughtlessness of the antagonist and the grief wrought by selfishness. Sharing this with a certain friend.


  5. Luckily I have not had this happen to me personally although I did have a good friend that went through hell with a guy who was self centred and brutishly ugly with it…

    The outcome was positive and he was cast aside but the pain and the suffering for her lingered and that is the very sad part of these kinds of relationships…

    Have a fine evening Red 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  6. Bear

     /  March 17, 2012

    The answer is simple yet complex. Yes, no and yes.

  7. Its hard to watch someone you love crumble.. and its harder still living in that kind of relationship.. I know I am thankful for family for I know I once upon a time cumbled and I was very thankful they picked up the pieces..
    Sad poem and I hope love and healing mends..
    thanks Red for dropping in and wishing you and yours well.. xx Dreamwalker

    • Red

       /  March 18, 2012

      You are very welcome, my dear. I will be around more soon, I promise. I am still sweeping up what the movers broken around here. xxx Red.

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