The City of Broken Heart
I live in the city of Broken Heart,
on the streets of Desperation and Despair;
The number on the mail box has faded,
And is no longer there.
The house appears to be empty, but it's not;
Do come inside, here you will be met with tears,
because this is where loneliness resides.
This dwelling, full of pain,
Where words sharp as arrows
Have perforated its heart,
is filled with darkness, black as ebony,
Where once was light;
Erstwhile the wonder of children's laughter
Illuminated its night.
They've taken their leave;
the arena feels their absence;
all that is left is sorrow and grief;
my soul rents, I am desolate.
Who am I?
It's not their pity I seek;
I have not lain upon their threshold
Nor do I beg or bespeak.
My head, I place once again,
Upon the chopping block,
I visit, I call;
the axe of rancor, bitter anger, finds its target;
It has falls.
I hide the tears that wail up from my bowels;
it’s time to go.
Quietly, slipping out the door,
I weep as I wonder back to the street
Where bitter disappoint resides.
I mull over and over in my mind:
What crime did I commit?
Perhaps I misinterpreted motherhood;
Or perchance, it wasn't clearly defined.
Something doesn't fit.
My days are numbered;
time draws near.
Death I would welcome,
of it, I do not fear.
I will embrace my eternal rest.
Father hear my prayer:
'God, my God,
I did what I knew fullest how to do.
I sensed I'd done my best;
Heavenly Father, I am dismayed.
Come quickly; let me in your bosom rest;
Of you, I am not afraid.
Wipe away my woeful tears.
Forgive me when I made you cry,
And turned my back on you.
You are the ultimate parent;
You only are wise, patient, forgiving, and kind.
My prayer is to be more compassionate'
To be wise, more forgiving, more tolerant,
As I keep my eyes on the final prize.
* No Tears In Heaven,
No tears in Heaven,
All Will Be Joy In That Land.
'No Tears In Heaven'
Copyright, 1935 by the Stamps-Baxter Music Co.
In Harbor Bells No.4
Robert S. Arnold
Janice Bumbalough Marler
First Serial Rights
January 25, 2004
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