Shot Through the Heart


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This was not written as the result of a personal experience. It was written for all of those that have trusted and been disappointed.

Shot Through the Heart

Thank God I’m alive

Thought I might not survive

Being shot through the heart

Gave my system quite a start

But here I am still

A testament to my will

I hold not a grudge

And will not act as judge

The shot that rang out

Came without warning or shout

From a trusted source without question

Without thought of aggression

A thoughtless friend was the culprit

Who acted absence of merit

Unkind words without thought

Serve for little or for naught

They wound and are lasting

Not subject to recasting 

But life must go on

To new friends one is drawn

But as I seek a fresh start

I will be more careful with my heart.


©Copyright June 16, 2010 Charlie Gragg



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icu2 commented on Shot Through the Heart


They say..."Talk is cheep, but all the money in the world cannot buy back the words that were said." Nobody can hurt us like the ones we love...and that's the truth. So sorry.




devaamido commented on Shot Through the Heart


A clear description of the visceral sensation that occurs when somebody or something triggers one of your "sensitivity issues". One may use such occurrences to identify "emotional blocks", to work to resolve or, more commonly, repress the event. In any case its an excellent description.



My thanks to you for your visit and comments.

Madelynn commented on Shot Through the Heart


You have never been shot thro' the heart- yet you describe it so heartfully! WOW. Well, I am very greatful that you have never had to suffer this way. It truely does feel as tho' a stake is impaling your heart- hmm, maybe you have in sense, Charlie; Some of us feel the pain others suffer. The way you write, it seems clear to me that you are a man blessed with empathy of an angel.-peace2you, Maddi



Thanks Maddi.

Merlyn commented on Shot Through the Heart


Very nice work, Charlie. And excellent advise, indeed.



Thank you very much.

Stryx commented on Shot Through the Heart


Since you obviously survived, 'twas a metaphor no doubt. You have a way with woids, Hamp.



Thank you WO. Your comments are always encouraging.

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30