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When Your Heart Breaks

You Know You’re Human

By Stella Yan PhDPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
When Your Heart Breaks
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When your heart breaks,

You know it will never fully heal.

A wound in the heart isn’t like that in your arm

It bleeds not blood but the core of your identity.

It’s a hurt that cannot be undone.

Like it or not, it makes you human.

*

Ironically, many wounds in the heart are self-inflicted.

We can’t believe we did it to ourselves.

We overestimate our strengths, underestimate the risks,

Repeat past mistakes, revive bad habits,

Dwell in delusions, clothed in prejudice.

Like it or not, it makes us human.

*

One day, an old wound of mine started bleeding again.

I was both prepared and unprepared

Prepared because it was quite a common occurrence,

Unprepared because no one could ever get used to your heart torn up.

Calmly taking in the pain, I learned to sing in the rain.

You get it or not, it makes ME human.

*

This story was first published here.

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About the Creator

Stella Yan PhD

PhD in Physics. Residing in the US. Deeply engaged in the exploration of math, science, and personal introspection; truly amazed by the mysteries of the universe and the complexities of the human mind.

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Comments (13)

  • Dr. Jason Benskin26 days ago

    Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Sweileh 888about a month ago

    Thank you, continue your story now.

  • CHRISTIAN Pabout a month ago

    Nice 👍

  • Jane Kattabout a month ago

    Thanks for sharing this touching poem.

  • Rachel Sabout a month ago

    I fell your pain thickly and fully... well put forth. those first two lines though... Don't really know if i fully agree. I think a heart can heal. And even if its left with scars, those only make it stronger and offer resources for the next battle.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Damn, this is so relatable. That's a poem-full. 😢 Top story kudos!

  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    loved it so much♥️

  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    Ah yes, to love is to grieve and both are part of living! Congrats on 🔝 story!

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    Very emotional and takes me back to when my heart was broken. Yet, I was determined to rebuild myself. It took 38 years to be able to look back and say, "Huh, so what! I didn't just survive, I thrived." Now, even years later, if circumstances have me looking back, I think, "I married him why?"

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    This was so emotional. Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Poignantly penned!!! 💕❤️❤️

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