Be Gentle With a Broken Heart

by Matthew Welde

a friend of mine was drying out

slaying dragons day by day

going on and on about

all the days that slipped away from him

lost out on a whim

picking up the pieces of a puzzle he created

invented, in part, while he was heavily sedated

but time didn’t stop, no it never even waited

and it passed him by like all the good times that had faded

 

But he was getting it together

 

he met a girl, they fell in love

she said yes and they got hitched

he said he was sure he’d found the one

but life’s crazy bitch they say

she cheated in the bed where they lay

meanwhile he was working late so she could have the best

he kicked the bottle not the nightmares, couldn’t get no rest

it all went up her nose in hotels the men that she impressed

and she got caught but she could not bring herself to confess

 

he said buddy I know I’m strong

but I feel stupid to be so wrong

and somehow I still wish she wasn’t gone

and you know I’ll do my part

but what I need is a brand new start

oh be gentle with a broken heart

a broken heart

 

the virus killed his livelihood

the restaurant closed like that

his family said it’s all good

stay a while til it comes back my boy

and heal until you find some joy again

so he sits for hours fixing on how his marriage fell apart

reminiscing on his past and how he got his start

diggin’ rocknroll, and making artwork for the band

so he picked back up that paint brush just to see where he stands

 

and he said buddy I know I’m strong

but I feel stupid to be so wrong

and somehow I still wish she wasn’t gone

and you know I’ll do my part

but what I need is a brand new start

oh be gentle with a broken heart

a broken heart