What this man knows of his heart
December 30, 2011
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone. Today’s piece of writing was prompted by a quote posted on twitter, “Men know nothing of their hearts; be them 6 and 20, or 6 and 80.”
As an occasionally romantic man I felt a little aggrieved, though not really surprised by this statement. You see men clearly do know a great deal of hearts at times, as Keats, Shelley and Wilde, amongst others, have given great testament to. The trouble for most men may not in fact be a lack of awareness of their hearts but the faculty to express that awareness with coherent language to whomever their heart is given over (incidentally, I have known one or two women who seemed to find this a problem on occasion although most are admittedly better at it).
It was from this that I began to think very hard. This thinking was keeping me awake. What do I know of my heart? There was nothing for it but to write and so write I did. Nothing I could write of my heart would be in the Keats/Shelley/Wilde league but I have at least attempted to express what I know of it. This poem follows no rules, just thoughts and feelings.
What This Man Knows Of His Heart
I know that it warms when it hears a friend’s voice,
I know it can easily lose it’s way,
I know that it drives me and it can stop me dead,
It stops me dead in my tracks.
I know that it beats twice for every love lost,
I know it always wants ten-fold for that which it cannot have.
I know that it feeds and that it must be fed,
I know it gives out and I know it withdraws,
I know it can twist and tear and fill my veins with metal so cold,
And empty me to a void or fill me with caring and lust,
All this in equal measure.
I know it illuminates yet can shroud my view in fog,
I know that it is foolish.
Yet each and every choice it makes is true to me,
They are true to me and those it is given to.
I know it can radiate with the fire of a thousand suns,
I am a man who knows this of my heart.
I wish you all a Happy New Year, full of love and healthy, exciting erotic adventure. I look forward to writing more in the the coming year.