Emptiness for nearly sixty years.
Never knowing why. Doctors thought
they had the answer last year,
when they found a hole in my heart.
But that emptiness was filled ten years ago,
when you came into my life.

This poem is my response to MTB: The Body and Poetry, the prompt from Grace at dVerse ~ Poets Pub, which is to write a poem using a part of the body as a metaphor.

Early last year, I was diagnosed with a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), or hole in my heart – the possible cause for a TIA I experienced in late 2019 (with no more occurrences). It’s a congenital condition, and the doctors have decided to monitor the situation, rather than performing surgery at my age. On the plus side for my heart, I met my wife ten years ago.

NaPoWriMo 2021

~ Day 8 ~


19 thoughts on “Wholehearted

  1. A hole in a heart is a scary condition. You described this physical emptiness well. But the emotional connection is everything.

    I hope that you continue to take good care of your heart and get all the love you need.


  2. This is incredibly poignant! I am so sorry to hear that you were diagnosed with a Patent Foramen Ovale.. it can’t be easy to cope with .. but I am relieved (to an extent) that you met the love of your life too! Wishing you health and happiness, always 🙂


  3. I remember you talking about this when you wrote the poem about the hospital visit, Ken. I like the play on the homophones: ‘whole/hole’, and agree whole-heartedly with Lisa about your poem being a perfect example of the light and dark sides to everything. I love the little twist of romance, too.


  4. A neat wordplay poem. Yes, a physical hole and an emotional filling. I’m glad nothing needs to be done with about the hole at this time. Hopefully, it will continue to not cause you any additional problems.


  5. Knowing and feeling–our hearts contain both our physical and emotional states. We can live for years with both unseen. Luckily, both seem to be well-monitored for you right now. (K)


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