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A Thousand Wounds Deep

Hiding behind battle scars

By Tina D'AngeloPublished 6 months ago 1 min read
A Thousand Wounds Deep
Photo by Ingo Stiller on Unsplash

Alone in the twilight, restless, steeped in anger and regret

This battle-scarred warrior, broken thoughts he can never forget

Pacing and brooding. All the injustices of the universe

Have swallowed him up, leaving him aching and hurt

Head in hands, pretty faces replay time and again in his mind

Always the beginning of hope, a flutter of the heart, the fruitful find

Those first sleepy, warm mornings of discovery and sunny days

The bloom of love, the beat of a heart that this time will stay

Until the pain of the past grips his heart like a vice

Squeezing out the fury, pressing his mind against the ice

The unseen injuries. The hidden disease. The fractured soul.

Haunts his path and follows wherever he goes

Shutting down, shutting them out, he closes the door

Can’t share. Hides the fear. Breaks a tender heart once more.

Perplexed by his chronic desolation, he blames the lovelies.

The arms that tried to comfort him. The hearts that he pushed aside.

No sense can be persuaded when someone remains willfully blind

Only others on that bitter, murky path understand. The same kind.

Warriors who live to see another day gripped by horrors that will never set them free

Hiding behind the scars that are a thousand wounds deep.

CONTENT WARNINGsad poetryheartbreak

About the Creator

Tina D'Angelo

G-Is for String is now available in Ebook, paperback and audiobook by Audible!


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  • ThatWriterWoman5 months ago

    Gorgeous! This is so melancholic and powerful! The imagery is so vivid. Very nicely done!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)5 months ago

    Wow, this was vivid and full of jaw dropping imagery! I'm in love with the picture you painted and the way you portrayed this character in the poem! Great work Tina!

  • Gosh this was so tragic and emotional! Very well done!

  • Jay Kantor6 months ago

    Dear Mrs. Tina - This is so off of your normal - I just love your one-of-a kind unique style. You're probably Dodging the "Bullets" from me for my off the cuff - Lawn Dart Schtickin'~Schtick - who could blame you. btw; Terrilynn painted your Lion as a heading for my 'Blood Relatives' Miss you - Still waiting in line for your book cover autograph. J-Bud

  • Paul Stewart6 months ago

    This is stunning, Tina. So emotive - the emotions bleed through the screen. So so very good.

  • Mark Gagnon6 months ago

    Based on previous writings and conversations, this must be about your dad. War does irreparable damage to a person's being and those around them. Well written and heartfelt.

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