Your Second Heart

First published in Solitary Plover #24, Summer 2016, page 3. Originally written in May 2004.

This is a false beginning
to get your attention.
The poem will start
in just a moment
after you have taken a breath
and centered your attention
not on me or the poem
but yourself
and how the poem
might stitch itself
to your second heart,
the heart that matters to you.