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.