If my heart is crushed
but no one is there to see it,
does it mean I’m not broken?

© Sarah Doughty


25 thoughts on “Crushed”

  1. The philosophical question is not whether or not the fallen tree, unheard, makes a sound. The question is does it make a noise? The difference in the two options being the perception of the vibration resulting from the tree’s fall. By definition, noise is an offensive sound. In order to be offensive, the sound must be heard. The vibration caused by the fall exists as sound, regardless of perception or judgement.

    If you consider the definition of “broken” to be “no longer in working order,” that working order would have to be perceived by a person attempting to use the thing, your heart, that is crushed. If no one is around to see your own crushed heart, the choice is yours how you perceive its condition.


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    1. Yes, writing is my therapy and it does help me. Though not everything I write is something I’ve experienced, I’ve been through enough, and seen enough through others to be able to evoke feeling. Thanks for reading and commenting.


    1. Yes, I believe so, but when I wrote this, it reminded me of the old philosophical question, if a tree falls in the woods, but no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? I think such questions are meant to be pondered. Thanks for reading and commenting!😊


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