Poetry Time: Your Heart Opens

The Heart

The Heart (Photo credit: petalouda62)

This poem is about opening yourself up for love. Do you ever resist making eye contact with another person for fear of making a connection? Do you resist commitment?

This poem is about the internal struggle of whether to let down your walls and open yourself up to potential heartache or not.

Your Heart Opens

You tell me to come closer and
Yet my heart desires distance. My
Mental walls nearly lower completely as
Your heart opens to my face.

You see my smile and
I realize my top teeth show, although I
Do not recall telling my face to
Move again.

I fear the bite from a crush that may
Turn stale like the old bread he fed me.

You turn to me with hope and
I look around for the butterfly net that
Might show up and catch me in it –

My wings are still growing and
You are still smiling at me.

Β©2013 Christy Birmingham


57 thoughts on “Poetry Time: Your Heart Opens

  1. aquileana/amalia

    A hopeful poem about love, redemption and surrender…

    I really like the metaphor of the butterfly metamorphosis…

    These wings that grow meanwhile the other person is smiling at her; like falling in love at the same time…

    As if the hunter/lover was chasing her with a “butterfly net”…

    Allowing her to set free from fears and “mental walls”.
    Just to love her…

    A heart that widely opens to other one, predicting the arrival of the most authentic feeling; meaning: love.

    Such a beautiful poem Christy;




    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Exactly, Amalia. Love grows like butterfly wings – the wings heal over time and cannot be rushed. A wide-open heart is a beautiful thing to have!
      Sending you love, my dear friend. I love reading your comments and treasure YOU!
      xoxo Talk soon!


  2. Valerie Caraotta

    Your words capture a million photos and indeed do dance off the page. Your talent has a way of making the reader absorb all of the moment as if captured right there with all the emotions. Another great contribution.


  3. rollyachabot

    Hi Christy… you have captured the subject of love in a very enduring and personal way, we are all cautious when it comes to sharing our hearts, minds and souls with others. Yet when it is done from the heart it is a safe place. Very well written…

    Hugs and Waves from the prairies.


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Rolly, yes there are fears that many people have when they are about to step into ‘love.’ How nice that you took time to comment, as I know you are still healing. Take care and many hugs!


  4. seanbidd

    For the free to roam the wild places, free to choose the company from moment to moment, to dry your wings before the face of a morning sun, and flutter between light’s tints born to a world draped in colour, and the moments that smile. Just the thoughts coming after finishing the closing lines.


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  6. Sean Michael Kelly (@TheLdrshipGeek)

    My eyes well up with tears every time I come back to this poem, but by the time I finish there’s a smile spreading across my face. It has special meaning to me at this time in life. You hit the proverbial nail on the head again, Christy. Thank you! You are a gifted writer of the heart. πŸ™‚


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank-you, Sean. I am glad this poem finds you with a smile at the end of the lines. Your emotional reaction tells me I am on the right track with my writing and that you sense the genuine notes. Take care


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