Heart Broken Open

from by Robert Oakes

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heart broken open
silent waves on the water
are so much louder than the audible
waves break
my heart
and i can't turn and walk away

from the book of a dead man
i read aloud at his headstone
his words break
my heart
and i can't turn another page

so, we wait on the shoreline
shaking and shivering with our eyes sun-blind
so many spirits gone to god knows where
so little time, so little time

there is something in this bedroom
while you're sleeping, it is watching me
wide awake
and i can't make it go away

mind is racing, body sleepless
i toss and turn with thoughts of creeping
light-eating night
and i can't make them go away

so, i wait for the sunrise
to bring an end to this long, lonely dark night of the mind
so many spirits gone and lost their way
so little time, so little time


from Heart Broken Open, released May 15, 2009



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