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incomplete instructions on how to build a paper heart

there is a moment
during the folds when
the paper organ resembles a
cut diamond or rotten pig’s head.

                           to build an invisible shape:
                            reams of feeling eels
                            ripple the think-tank,
                            overleaf a forage of
                            fingerprints would build
                            a sea of pyramids.

shifting
            everything shifts.
crushed paper ball on kitchen table is the young moon.

the desolate canvas between
regions of tenderness
before we are
what we were
,
theatres the sky with costume drama
of fake pearls and victorian lace.
field of stars painted on a blanket.
of punctured lungs and longing.  

winter water swallows sullen summer tide
as an infant grasping for breath, depth
of nouns fall below the font of fountains:
heavy stories
scissor our life sentence.  

vase of paper flowers
root from junk of pale sun
stalk & steal the light
from bedroom shadows.

ventricle verse exhumes
ghost folio of those still
stood at their hearse.

days are raw & cold.
raised hills ascend the night  
                         elevated,
slams upon the silence
like a church door closing.

the paper heart, at rest
in morning infirmary, leaks
unwritten ink.
as if guilty for
every broken heart,
cries a mournful wind rush.

it will learn to dream
seamless dreams &
find an empty place                        to nest.
Strangeways_Rob
Written by Strangeways_Rob
Published
Author's Note
ERULGCT 87. Umanoid xx Caught in a frenetic snow flurry, all suddenly went white. Imagined paper-people emerging from the whiteness. Or was it all a dream? ALL STAY SAFE pic Ellen Bell, from 'Acts...
ERULGCT 87. Umanoid xx Caught in a frenetic snow flurry, all suddenly went white. Imagined paper-people emerging from the whiteness. Or was it all a dream? ALL STAY SAFE pic Ellen Bell, from 'Acts of Love.'
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