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How To Treat A Borrowed Heart

She gave out her heart like a library book,

not minding if it came back

dog eared, tea stained, well thumbed.

When she handed it to me

I could see the tear stains

left over from previous readings

and didn’t have to ask

if there was going to be a happy ending.

I just took it with care,

did not leave on the windowsill

to collect mould or yellow

in the sun.

I did not cram it,

to the bottom of my bag,

or leave it to shunt for space

with the biros and pencils

left loose and jostling down there.

I kept it well past the return date.

She was surprise when I asked

if she could renew my loan.

Daily Post Prompt: Borrow
This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-three year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


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