Heart and Wit

Love me with heart and wit,
or not at all.
I have no need for make-believe
You should know that

no fairytale high-
heel will ever be
worth my heart,
blood, bone
(or my foot).

Your silver-tongued tales
please the flesh (for a spell),
but fantasy isn’t enough
to make a heart beat


• for Hedgewitch’s Friday 55 and Poets United.

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57 thoughts on “Heart and Wit

  1. Thank you, Magaly, for commenting on my blog that I should write more poetry now that I’m retired. Who knows, perhaps I will? I’ve always found that relaxation and leisure combine to inspire creativity and, whereas those were often in short supply while I was working, that should no longer be the case!

  2. This is one of those rare pieces that I honestly wish I could have written–I hardly ever feel that way, because everyone’s poetry, if real, is real to them in their own way–but this just strikes a chord–that shoe–you probably know where I’d like to put it, and yes, it does involve a non-foot body part. Thanks for these reviving and attitudinous words, and for starting the new year on the right foot. As it were. And it’s probably too much to now say have a kickass weekend, but you know me. Thanks Magaly.

  3. So true – fantasy is not enough to make a heart beat. I like the combination of heart and wit – yes, that can bring love. Smiles.

  4. Ha.. having just written a poem of exactly the opposite, with my poor librarian who never understood this… love the truth in reality vs fantasy.

    • But that’s the thing about fantasy and reality, I don’t think that there is a “vs”. Instead, there is a different for different people. In the case of your librarian, reality is made of fantasies… and that is very real. It’s when someone tries to feed fantasies dressed as realities that are completely fake for them that things get complicated. And dangerous.

      Your librarian rocks.

  5. This is absolutely stunning, Magaly!❤️ We need the kind of love that isn’t shy when it comes to feeding the soul, with the truest of words and actions that set us apart from the world (even if it’s just for a moment) Especially love; “fantasy isn’t enough to make a heart beat true.”❤️

  6. I love the fairytale threads in this poem, Magaly, especially:
    ‘no fairytale high-
    heel will ever be
    worth my heart,
    blood, bone
    (or my foot)’.
    And I agree,
    ‘… fantasy isn’t enough
    to make a heart beat’!

  7. Don’t you just love how Wistful, Wit and Witchiness all come together on that page 🙂 It’s as if the universe made our words deliberately CWS XXX

  8. The glitter of Fairy Take turns dark when there is no heart or wit at its center. Your main character is a person of grit and determination with eyes wide open! Love this one to bits!

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