Four chambers pump and dump





pulsing against at a chest that can barely contain them.


Will there ever be a time

when I don’t set upon a memory of you

and my eyes don’t well,

my arms don’t ache for you,

my stomach doesn’t drop in excited anticipation

of your kiss at the base of my chin?


Is there anything as bitter on the tongue as remorse?


Can life be so long and so cruel as to brainwash me

into believing there is a time for us,

a place for us somewhere over the rainbow

or beneath the magnolia trees;

or will you lure me there, once again,

with your sweet words and devil tongue

only to gaslight my daydreams?


Our puzzle is scattered, unfinished

I’m on my hands and knees seeking the pieces

that lay strewn about



I know our lips will meet

after all this time

We will meld,

our teeth may bump

as we rearrange ourselves

we may twist and turn,

attempt after each silly, giggling attempt,

until our four corners


take hold

and frame

the explosion of colors and shapes we left in the middle.




It’s been a long time since I wrote and even longer since I wrote for Studio30.

But the words given to us ; remorse, gaslight/brainwash seemed to want to play.

Thank you for stopping by, I’m glad you’re here. 

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About Kir

Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Glad to see you back!!

    I liked the tone of this. I’m a sucker for a hopeful ending!
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  2. There you are… how I’ve missed your words.
    This line slayed me: “Is there anything as bitter on the tongue as remorse?”
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  3. You paint an image with words like no one I know. I love the journey you took me on with these words!! What a nice way to start a Friday morning.
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  4. You come by so many times and finally here is a poem…. love is so bittersweet sometimes, infinite rewards, but the cost is also tremendously high.. passion is always a blend between ice and fire, and never tepid..
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    • I would wait months and months for a comment like this one. If I only write once in a while it’s worth it to hear that whatever it is that I wrote …touched and sparked something in someone. THANK YOU.

  5. This was so relatable. Love encompasses so many emotions. I like the hope at the end. Even though I’m cynical when it comes to happy endings, I do like to see it work out :)
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  6. How on earth did I miss this???
    This spills so beautifully, Kir. Such a strong beginning line, the imagining of remorse as a bitter lozenge on the tongue…and the puzzle visual. Such strong writing here. Wonderful.
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