Prompt 23 – Anais Nin Quotes – 4


“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”



Love died when the lash was used,

when you to inflicted pain

because pain was what you knew

it was how your world operated.

afterwards you stood back,

observed the scene, smiled wickedly

as you took in the mayhem

and basked in it.


Love died when you said fuck off

that you didn’t care

if I lived or died

you wanted my life a misery

to see me suffer the fool,

ruined, discredited

threatened destruction

but you still punished the innocent.


Love died when you became oblivious

when you acted, denied, queried,

yelled and screamed because that’s what you do

the tantrum your default position

the spoilt brat, who clawed and cut,

when nothing went her way

thought nothing to stab and wound.

never once seeing your sins

always the idiot was at fault.


Love died when the child was denied

warmth as a basic right

you cast her out

denied responsibility

for she had left you, injured and damaged

to find her own way in darkness

you cared little about

as you turned your back.


Love died from weariness

from trying, protecting, reaching out

being slapped down one too many time,

it’s too late, backs were turned

each one guilty of its demise

they walked away, refuse to answer

made their lives, their loves

for you to wish for.


Love did die, over a time

but it survived, it struggled forth

from the abyss of suffering

little by little its shape reformed.

they gather round, they sing

they look at each other

say we are family

forever forward.


Love could well have died

but we nurture and rejoice in each other

as love has been rekindled

given a makeover, renewed

with hope and laughter

regular gathering, regular contact

no lashes, no pain, no fear

Love only.

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14 Responses to Prompt 23 – Anais Nin Quotes – 4

  1. Oh Summer – I think this is in the one of my favourites category. The cruelty is felt in your words, the pain, the rawness, until the last 2 stanzas where love was felt and rekindled. A beautiful and sensitive write my friend.

  2. Anja says:

    So powerful and raw! These prompts are really opening you up to a new way of writing. Love it

  3. You can really feel the torment in this what a emotional ride it was and the hope at the end I wasn’t expecting but I am very grateful for because it gives me hope

  4. Cubby says:

    Wow, your words have a huge impact. Very powerful with a beautiful ending. Love it. Reowr!

  5. RoSy says:

    Love goes through a lot. What a revival when someone or a few someones walk into your life to give it’s almost death a new jump-start.

  6. So evocative, such angush and then hope. Lovely 🙂

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