(Mental) Anguish



Rare, she was.
An enigma, they said.

To the outsider,
she seemed loved
by many.
Yet she,
in her mind,
could rustle up
no such feeling.
Each thought:
a spasm
of rapid, insistent
as though
by clenched

Of her heart,
one might have said
spacious; filled.
she believed
(it had burst
one too many times,
spilled of love,
filled only with tears).

If only she could
have seen herself
through the eyes
of the lovers
of her soul.

Rare, she was.
An enigma, they said.

P. Wanken


Inspired by The Sunday Whirl’s Prompt #88: rapid, spacious, enigma, clench, spasm, burst, insistent, hurl, seemed, rustle, rare, and through; and posted on Day #50 for the “100 Days of Fall/Winter 2012” challenge.



    1. Thanks, Pam. Glad you liked it! I haven’t made it ’round to the others who participated in the prompt…I’m always amazed at the directions in which the words send us.


  1. Absolutely riveting, [Paula]!

    It’s so interesting to see the wide range of thought this group of words inspires!

    I’m off to give them a ‘whirl’ 😉


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