courage Poetry

All Apologies

Written in the voice of the classical figure of Anna, Zoe Mitchell's poem is directed to Anna's sister Dido, encouraging her to be brave enough to love again after immeasurable losses.

by Zoe Mitchell

Women always do this: their hearts get broken
once and they build a shrine in its chambers.

All sights for sore eyes blinked a denial,
the contours of other men untasted

on their arid tongues. Grief makes a desert
where silence echoes on a pristine plain

and no green buds blossom to scent the air.
They rest in a mausoleum cold-filled

with unborn children, haunting shades of lost
loves and missed chances. You’re not those women.

Open those blue eyes: here is a man
who demands you sacrifice your mourning.

Indifferent stars will stay in their orbit
and shine just the same if you arch your back

against his sure hand and the jasmine night.
Listen to the music of your own sighs.

Let that passion drag through your bones and taste
the black charcoal that is your past sorrow.

Light the hearth, blanket your bed in senses
then let him love you. What else could you lose?


Zoe Mitchell | @WritingByZoe | writingbyzoe.com 
Zoe Mitchell lives and works on the South Coast of England. She has been published in a number of national poetry magazines including The Rialto, The London Magazine and The Moth. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.

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