Open – quadrille for Dverse

An open heart is a garden
Where birds flit
From branch to branch
And flowers toss
Their fragrance into the air.

A closed heart is a grey place,
Where nothing grows.

Keep your heart open,
I told her. It hurts
Because it is alive.


Victoria has opened up the bar at dVerse, opened up a couple of bottles and set things in motion. The word tonight is “open”. It’s such a very open word, I think there might be more to come…

30 thoughts on “Open – quadrille for Dverse

  1. This is lovely. It reminds me of a favorite C.S. Lewis quote from The Four Loves: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

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  2. Sarah, in all of its simplicity, this really touched me, especially the ending. Right now, outside my office window, I’ve been having a stare-off with a robin. I hope he’s okay–he’s been just sitting there for quite awhile, meditating on openness, perhaps.

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  3. ‘A closed heart is a grey place,
    Where nothing grows.

    Keep your heart open,
    I told her. It hurts
    Because it is alive.’

    I found this beautiful, yet painful to read. I would love to send your words to my sister but she wouldn’t read them because her heart is tightly closed.


    • That’s so sad. I think in my mind I was addressing them to a very dear friend who is always loving and open, but has been abused by a couple of people recently and feels she should harden up. I know we leave ourselves vulnerable when we are open, but we also enrich ourselves so much.

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