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Dianne Burckhardt


The Deep Dark Hole

Posted on October 22, 2014

Lost and Found

Posted on October 22, 2014

The Deep Dark Hole

Posted on October 22, 2014


There is a room inside my heart
that is hot and dark and barren
It’s where I take my emotions
when they get too strong for me to bare

In the center of the room
there is a thick metal hatch
It covers the deep dark hole
from which emotion never come back

I push my feelings into a tiny box
and wrap it all in chains
I drop them down the deep, dark hole
never to be felt again

I latch the hatch and leave the room
and not once do I turn back
The hollow empty feeling left
always comforts me

It’s easier to live with nothing
than to live with so much pain
But it’s not just bad feelings
That get tossed into the dark

Happiness and love get boxed
and are tossed down there as well
For even good things can feel bad
when they have nowhere to go

So instead of hanging on to them
I toss them down the deep, dark hole
Now please don’t think me sad
I really don’t mind one way or the other

I’d rather trash my feelings
than trust them to another
For the destination would be the same
whether by my hand or some other

So when I start to feel again
I’ll go back to that hot, dark, barren room
I’ll lift the hatch and look inside
I only hope that there’s still space

My greatest fear is this
Where do you go when the hole is full
Where do you go when there’s nowhere left
to hide what’s left of your soul

Lost and Found

Posted on October 22, 2014


I am not

like anyone I

have ever known


I planned in life

to give my heart

only once


In hopes that he

would give me his

to replace it


But he, instead,

gave me mine back,

I am the same


Same as I was

but my heart

is smaller now


And wiser

it shrinks

from the world


And resides

in that cold

dark region


Only loneliness

and despair

know to find


I am alone

but not lonely

I have lost


I lost

what I thought

was true love


But I found

myself instead

a true friend

Deep Dark
Lost Found

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