Shahla Latifi

When you are broken

You see the stars with no light

The grass is not green in your eyes


When you are broken

Your feelings dim the sun

The birds are soundless

The river lies still


When you are broken

Your mind is running in circles

Your tears are cold

The senseless night is dubious by covering a cloud


When you are broken

The pain,

The waves of fear,

An air of melancholy

Surround your being


When you are broken

Your mother’s warm touch

Your father’s calm demeanor

All the sweet memories of your childhood

Are leaving you in despair


When you are broken

Nothing matters

The sound of music

The brightness of the sun

The lightness of a spring breeze on your face

The excitement of a starry night

The endless shimmering of delight

Are behind you now


When you are broken

The life—

The life of your dreams,

The life of your heart

The depth of your existence

Are crying;

They’re crying for mending your broken self


Shahla Latifi

January 3rd, 2022



  • Author: Shahla Latifi (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 3rd, 2022 10:12
  • Category: Reflection
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  • Buzz Bray

    Being broken is the most profound pain. I wish you healing in the new year.

    • Shahla Latifi

      Thank you, Buzz. Happy new year.

    • rrodriguez

      Shahla, the poem is finely written, but the tone is so somber. Please tell me is not you that's broken...

      • Shahla Latifi

        Hi RR, It's so good to hear from you.
        I am doing well, and I'm trying to stay motivated and healthy.

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