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Being there

Diamonds are a dangerous commodity.
Topaz brickettes pave lost roads 
for the unfortunate paths 
of bewildered Dorothy's
(and misguided second-removed cousins).
The birthday cards
I send myself,
are never returned to sender;
they're forwarded to you.

Rubies are ominous and a crucial burden.
Red. A vibrant statement.
Look at me! I'm red! 
Quite a pathetic gemstone.
(Dorothy - you need to re-dye your slippers).
The birthday cards you've sent me
are now forwarded back to you.
Diamonds and rubies 
are dangerous commodities.

Quartz tickles my fancy.
Limestone abandons my will.
Emeralds? I visted that city; once.
The PO Box for my re-routed
birthday cards are registered there.
My second-removed cousin
tiles his palacial floors with them.
Diamonds, rubies and emeralds are
dangerous commodities.

Sapphires are worthless crackerjacks.
Amethyst is a word that
(half the population of Idaho can't spell).
A Rock of Gibraltar. The man you needed.
The dupe you wanted.
The patsy who refrains from  
visiting your morosed petting zoos.
The gemstone you suckle?
Who is it?


I'm not your diamond;
Hardly, am I your ruby;
Perchance, an emerald? 
Quartz, limestone...a sapphire?
You orchestrate personal deaths 
upon the metallic
bands around your rhenoid fingers.
A gemstone I'm not a part of.

Being there - 
I was the part of your life
that was accidentally flung over 
rusty-coat hangers
stuffed in moth-ridden closets.
I was the gemstone 
that never glossed
your fancy fingers.


my love.
Understand, pumice doesn't sink!
I'll pop back into mischievious
blackened-hearts anytime I please -
and you will welcome me for
a sincerity that warrrants no appraisals.

my utmost truisms sparkle 
decadent- bright
like diamonds -

a dangerous and rare


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  1. Date: 8/30/2012 9:03:00 AM
    It's about timeI found you, amazing I've never seen your name before but think I can sink into your way with words John. Your jewels never quite made it to the top and Ilove the way youmake what is common so special. :) Elizabeth

  1. Date: 8/27/2012 4:25:00 AM
    Now this is Visceral!

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    Date: 8/27/2012 4:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Joann...well, not my best but - read : The Internal Dying of Benjamin Tippett. Hugs, J
  1. Date: 8/20/2012 4:17:00 PM
    Wow this is a one gem of a poem and great analogy in using the precious stones. Well this will go to a fav on my list.

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 9:04:00 AM
    John.....I was looking for one of my fav poets to see if he posted anything new lately...Hope u are doing well....This is one outstanding write...I wonder what inspired you here? Love the analogy to precious stones...great stuff..gwendolen

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 10:46:00 PM
    Great writing, John. I don't know how you figured it out, but when I try to post something long,I can't get it to go through! Well, congratulations. This was a very well crafted poem!

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 8:36:00 PM
    dangerous indeed... this one has rock solid potential... revisit it, ifya care to. Congrats!

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 7:58:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, John. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 6:44:00 PM
    Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 3:17:00 PM
    great to have you back, john... lovely phrasing with an element of suprise.. big CONGRATS..:) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 1:51:00 PM
    Where the Heck have you been?(sorry, that never grows old with me :D I suppose you have heard that your whole life). Geez, this poem is absolutely fantastic....really dig the Amethyst/Idaho part--a moment of comedy relief within a heavy topic. Congratulations on your win in Catie's contest~!

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 12:56:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Caties' "Stoned" contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 2:20:00 PM
    i like this, quite a complicated write, nevertheless, good poetry, unusual but very good