Poison Hearts Day

Poison Hearts Day


It was the last year of high school when I officially designated the day after Candy Hearts Day as Poison Hearts Day. No, I wasn’t having a rough time romantically, Blue and Bluesy filled my soul and I wasn’t really looking for anything else at the time.

My family though, was another story. My heart, my soul, my creative other half was missing and there was no getting her back.

I was a moon, struggling to shine without my sun. How could I reflect light that I wasn’t receiving anymore? Everyday my heart was eclipsed with a darkness that I never thought I would escape.

It took a while for me to discover that I could take the light of my memory and create a new light for my soul. The light wasn’t sunny bright, but it was enough for me to see by as my soul searched for its new path. Soon, I discovered light sources outside my self. The light grew brighter, I continued on.

Even now, living in the light of a new sun, there are days that are more dark than light. That’s okay. I’m still a moon. I wax. I wane. I’m overtaken by shadows.

I know you’re not so different than me. That’s why I keep setting aside a day on my calendar to memorialize those times when life is more dismal than a delight. We may be temporarily eclipsed, but that doesn’t mean we won’t shine fully bright again—one day.

—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures

Bleeding Hearts Impaled on Barbed Wire

Bleeding Hearts Impaled on Barbed Wire

Heart with Band-aids

Heart with Band-aids