Oh careful heart that rumbles
Like a belly once forgot
Are you cut like a vein
Bleeding out across the floor?
Or broke like a bone dropped from a branch?
Many a thing you seem to mirror
If it is only to beat a drum in perfect time
Over to over and over again
Why is it that you ache
like a cold winters night for the sun to kiss across the horizon?
Shall it be that I never know the sweep of wings that make you flutter?
Will I ever be sure that my own song is pretty enough to sing?
And if you stop pumping
Reliable yet not reluctant
Then will I feel you outside these chambered walls?
Drawing me in with your power your precision
Will I dismantle each rib and build a ladder
to reach into the dreams
we whispered to each other of a night?
Will we then be capable of verse
To share the lonely afternoon
Spread our arms around each other’s past.
Cut you out I won’t
Oh careful heart
Like a belly
like a vein
A drum and the poets canvas
You are safe with your crown
There within my balconies.