The heart naturally engages in a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty, love and meaning.
There are two books which have inspired me whilst growing up. One is a novel called ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ whose heroine is a strange young girl named Mick that I have always identified with; the other is the classic children’s book called‘The Little Prince’ where the fox said ‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye’. I have always remembered that all my life. I would like to believe it is my philosophy in life. This poem somehow integrates the two books, and myself.
The Heart is a lonely hunter
It searches far and wide
trying to find beauty in a world that’s lonely,
full of hate and dark.
It is a solitary being looking for love.
It is a lonely search,
it could last for months or years,
or a lifetime.
Sometimes the heart keeps looking
until the day it dies, but never finds,
Yet the heart goes on and never tires.
It looks for meaning in the wrong places,
leading to heartache and brokenness…
Every heart wants love in whatever shape or form
It longs to find beauty,
and peace that the world cannot fathom…
Yes, the search is intense for the quiet truth,
the elusive love, the meaning of life.
But isn’t that what life is all about?
That there is a deeper reason for all
than meets the eye
Let our hearts never tire looking
for that which is essential….
Then and only then can we find
the true meaning of life.
Inspired by the novel, ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers and the children’s book ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Poetry featured in the book of poetry called ‘The Forsaken Muse, A Woman’s Journey from Sorrow to Hope’