“Glass Soul” by Brendan Stoneham

“Glass Soul” by Brendan Stoneham.


I am ripped to shards of finest glass,

I have been forced to leave.

Surrounded by

darkest air,

deepest despair.

I speak, but there is no answer back,

I reach out, and there is no hand to grab…

I am a person with no shadow,

A shadow with no person.

I am an after-image blur of who I was when complete,

Light is no more.

I feel myself fading to the air,

Hopelessness chokes me as ivy chokes the tree that was at unity with nature,


Before this insidious interruption,

this barrier between it and life,

Between you and me.


2 thoughts on ““Glass Soul” by Brendan Stoneham

  1. Desperately sad – but sentiments many of us can identify with.
    The Poem is a description of the title.
    The first twelve lines all sustain the metaphor of the Glass Soul: – ‘darkest’, ‘shadow’, ‘image’, ‘blur’, ‘fading’ – very well indeed.
    Then the metaphor changes to the ivy etc. I think the poem could end with ‘I feel myself fading to the air,’ and the last five lines, the Ivy section, could be explored in another poem. If you want to retain the sentiment of the barrier, Perhaps you could think of something that is a barrier in the glass and light metaphor.

    Kevin M

  2. Hello Brendan,

    What you have written is exactly how I felt as a nine year old boy when I had to leave Linda S behind in Pitsea.

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