worst-stung heart

it wasn’t like that before,
the thorns on her bleeding heart were new.
he gave her roses,
she put them in her favourite vase,
but like all good things that made her feel special,
the flowers wilted too soon.
the petals formed patterns on the floor,
and the wind blew them away,
nothing remained.

she wore her heart on her sleeve
and kept the arteries in her pocket.

when it was time to throw out the stems and the grungy water,
she got pin-pricks all over her,
stained her perfectly dry-cleaned shirt.

it was a tale as old as time,
as she tried to love someone worlds apart.
that’s how she ended up with a badly stung heart.

The people who can just perfectly draw something on paper or digitally are THE COOLEST people ever. Here’s a little something I drew in the hopes of being that cool.

(The title worst-stung heart is from a prose piece by Mary Oliver in her book Upstream. Due to copyrights, I don’t know if I can include that here.)


  1. a.s. says:

    β€œ she wore her heart on her sleeve
    and kept the arteries in her pocket.”

    I LOVE THESE LINES SO MUCH πŸ₯Ί and the whole poem omg. It’s so beautiful. And the image of the perfectly clean shirt being stained is just… wow. This poem resonates with me so much. It really does hurt when love or kindness or any heartfelt emotion isn’t reciprocated, but sometimes the world just needs that more regardless. AMAZING job πŸ‘πŸΌ πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

    p.s. I LOVE the drawing!!! Ahh you are definitely one of those cool people Aarushi! πŸ’ž

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    1. Aarushi says:

      our broken hearts resonated before i even wrote this and then i wrote this!! i just had this feeling that you’d relate to this, idk why. true true, a.s. thanku.
      i became 1 degree hotter (bcz u made me blush) after reading that ❀

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  2. Oh my, my! This is another magical piece. The ending is devastating well done! You always are impressing me so much with your words. And this was just so great: “she wore her heart on her sleeve / and kept the arteries in her pocket.”

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    1. Aarushi says:

      thank you so much, Ben!! its just a devastating middle part of a story, haha. much love, friend. take care!! πŸ™‚


  3. Ace says:

    Aarushi, I am speechless!!! This is just AMAZING! I absolutely love it! All I can say is WOW and a job very well done!!! What a spectacular writer you truly are πŸ–€πŸ€—

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarushi says:

      THANK YOU, ACEπŸ€—πŸ€— stay healthy, happy and safe✨✨

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  4. Namrata Narendra says:

    Drawings are always so subjective! I think imperfections are what make the art! This is super cool πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarushi says:

      hi Namrata, that’s such a beautiful thought. thank you so much for saying that πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ


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