when your heart is broken

When your heart is broken, it’s hard to do more than think of similes and metaphors for how you feel.

It’s like a bomb went off in your life.

The ground goes sandy under your feet.

It’s like being crushed by a piano.

Your life is suddenly riddled with termites.

It’s like he gave your his heart, and you cherished it for years; and then you opened it, only to find it was full of maggots all along. 

Everything–colors and sounds–begin to seem like they’re in a dream. Or maybe this is just wishful thinking.

This is why, I think, there are so many poems and songs about heartbreak. The only way to deal with it is through verse.

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