The Splintered Ones

It's like a scattered ring of vicious whispers,

But the judgment isn't theirs to make.

They watch with shaded eyes, unblinking,

And confusion follows in their wake.

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These spectators, they don't understand –

Their sinful script doesn't match the play.

So in their disappointment they glare and lie

Because it's more entertaining that way.

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And maybe if the two subjects of their lies

Were more whole, less splintered and stronger,

Then maybe they could have weathered the storm –

Perhaps their luck would have lasted longer.

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But as it is they are fragile, more human –

Two people slipping through the pavement cracks.

They dare to grasp each other's fingers

As the world it creaks on their backs.

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We should mourn that these two wanderers

Were never given the chance to speak.

Because she's far from mean and feeble,

And he's far from foolish and weak.

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Confusion and fear are emotions, not crimes –

And devotion is the virtue of kings.

Maybe he wanted to fix her –

Soothe her bruises and mend her wings.

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But she was afraid of breaking him,

As though her anxieties were a disease;

What if her heart was betraying her,

And it was fear making her weak at the knees?

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No-one should judge something so private

As the muddled longings of two lonely souls.

It's no-one else's place to join the dots,

Tie up loose ends and fill in holes.

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Maybe friends is all they wish to be,

Or perhaps they're playing with the fire of something more.

But those vicious whispers can't poison them;

This is love, not a social war.

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Or perhaps that word is too strong;

Four letters too serious, too late?

But it's up to them to decide

Whether to dive in, stay back or wait.

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So leave them alone, those two muddled souls,

And let them puzzle through it together.

Because no-one but them can choose their passage,

Turn back time or predict the weather.

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Here's to you, the splintered ones,

May you never tremble or break.

Stay patient, honest and true,

And may love follow in your wake.


This was written at like 1am a few nights ago, so… let me know what you think! :)

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