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Unsteady Hands

The last time I broke a heart

I tried to jigsaw it into one piece again.

When that failed,

I filled the cracks with gold to buy his forgiveness,

because my apologies didn’t mean much

and we both knew I wasn’t to be trusted

with fragile things near cliff edges.

I had a tendency to panic when passed precious items,

fingers turning from bone to butter


and ‘I didn’t ask for this’

is not what you say to ‘I love you’.

Silence isn’t much better

but what shattered him in my hands

were the words ‘I’m sorry,’

as I tried to give it back without breaking both of us.

Prompt From The Poet List on Instagram

‘The Last Time I Broke A Heart’


This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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