The sound of a heart breaking…

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors because she has this amazing, poetic way with words. The simplest idea becomes so interesting that it can grow into a really good topic to write or to debate about. All of the characters she created are so memorable. One character stands out in my memory because he talked about why it was so odd that the most fragile part of a person is so silent, has no alarm system to warn its bearer or anyone near, that something so tragic and painful is happening to it.

“When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground it makes a loud crashing sound. When a window shatters, a table leg breaks, or when a picture falls off the wall, it makes a noise. But as for your heart when that breaks, it is completely silent. You would think as it is so important, it would make the loudest noise in the whole world. Or, even have some sort of ceremonious sound like the gong of a cymbal or the ringing of a bell. But it is silent and you almost wish there was a noise to distract you from the pain. If there is a noise, it is internal. It screams and no one can hear it but you. It screams so loud your ears ring and your head aches. It trashes around in your chest like a great white shark caught in the sea; it roars like a mother bear whose cub has been taken. That is what it looks like and that is what it sounds like; a trashing, panicking, trapped great big beast roaring like a prisoner to its own emotions.” ~ Ivan, If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to hear the sound of a heart being broken into a million pieces? Would it be wailing in agony? Or, would it just be weeping with hush sniffles? If it has a sound, would you be able to know how to protect it and keep it from breaking?


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