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Broken Compass

What is left?

When your rights are simply wrong?
When my north is mostly south
and our shortcomings last too long?

When is up?

When my highs are lowered down?
When good blends into evil
and arc angels are not around?

Where are you?

When my what's fold into why's?
And the falsities of our truths
separates the you from I?

Why is it?

When simple questions posed to thee?
Are sated with complex silence
and deadly answers live in me?


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  1. Date: 1/31/2011 8:32:00 PM
    John, thanks for entering this one, for me to read as well.. Brilliant one indeed and congratulations on your win ;) love Wilma

  1. Date: 2/6/2010 10:25:00 PM
    Now seriously, I didn't know you were so talented! Exceptional write, Mr. Heck!! YOU are my NEW fav poet! Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/6/2010 10:23:00 PM
    I'm speechless! .................................What did I say? : )

  1. Date: 1/28/2010 12:15:00 AM
    I love the questions here,they say so much..'What is left?When is up?Where are you?Where is it? How?..How i wish that broken compass mends..but reality is different..I can relate to this poem..Excellent indeed.Charma

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 10:03:00 AM
    Sometimes we have to throw the compass away and let the stars in heaven guide us. Sensational writing as always, my friend. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 10:36:00 PM
    John, I guess you could say it is all relative in how one relates to a contrary mate. You either learn to live with it or not...there is no in between. You express this side of relationships well in this poem and makes me wonder if maybe "silence is golden" might be the right path to take. Mahalo, Connie

  1. Date: 1/22/2010 3:33:00 PM
    I like the direction you take with your "broken compass," John. Perhaps she cannot answer the questions because she doesn't know how to respond to such provocative querries. To you they may be "simple questions," but she's probably scratching her head and searching for answers. Excellent poem, John! And it's so nice to see you taking a break from your TV/film career to share with us again. Love and best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/22/2010 12:58:00 PM
    ponderment?? twangle my synapsis:)

  1. Date: 1/22/2010 11:37:00 AM
    You have managed to encompass so much in your crafty/clever presentation , Lord Heck of Bkln and we ARE impressed . Unsure how Archangel Michael would see this , but as you pointed-out ; he is not around . Write onnnnn .....