The Full Beating Flow of the Un-broken Heart

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(New Year’s Day, 2015)

Full Beating Flow of the Un-broken Heart by Darlene Witte

I caught a glimpse, a flash,
of a light form, a fleeting.
I stepped closer, and followed.
A Presence unfurled, star – soaked.
Her Question came, silver-rung. Strong.
“Why do you follow me here, tonight?
I can hear your heart whisper where it lies,
broken, against my simple love,
and I hear, beating-within-the-beat,
your cry to mend what is broken,
to find what is lost,
what has faded, what has failed.”

The moon-wind rose, lifted me
wild, I fresh – caught the gladness
and felt once again the full beating
flow of the unbroken heart:
The light-formed-of-light,
the light-filled-with-light.
the white brightness of Love
the voiced heart of hope,
that true-ringing, soft-singing.
slow growing, clear seeing,
ever – true shining:
The greening New Year.

Darlene Witte
Darlene Witte

Professor of Education, (retired) at Johnson State College in Vermont leads the Green Mountain Writers' Poetry & Performance workshop that meets on Zoom each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM ET. Find out more at

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