This Must Be…

this must be
it feels
when the hard
shell breaks wide
open and
insides become
skin—when what
was hidden strains
toward light.
this must be
it feels
to be a star
on fire—burn
from the inside
out and shine
for miles and
this must be
it feels
to be rock
hewn into form,
given a face
with edges
away, rough places
broken and blasted
broken shell
star on fire
stone-hewed heart…
this is what it is like
to love.

Written for One Shot Wednesday, a community poetry project by One Stop Poetry. Drop in on some great poetry over there today.


  1. says

    broken shell star on firestone-hewed heart… What a great line.

    Laura, Your words always touch me. I’ve always admired your work ever since I read your post about cleaning church pews with PineSol (sp??).

  2. says

    I love your poetry, Laura. I don’t know how you do this. I’m far too concrete to write poetry…I can’t even imagine writing something like this. You make it look easy, but I know it’s not!

  3. says

    Natalie Cole used to sing This Must Be An Everlasting Love. I think that’s the kind of love you’re talking about, isn’t it? The kind of love and loving that lasts and outlasts.

  4. says

    Beautifully written Laura.

    “broken shell
    star on fire
    stone-hewed heart…”

    You have captured the fullness of love, not merely the soft side but the developmental stages. The opening of the shell, the burning of the star from inside out and the rock, hewn into form and given a face as if experiencing the creation of humanity itself.

    Love, in it’s truest form, pure and unchanging, is only possible when the transformation is made complete.

    Beautifully done!

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