The others heartbeat

Make as you will

A figure from paper

Layer each breath

Run glue until it shines

Keep all strength in

Let no part be feeble

Save us in our design

Fortify the bow, the stern and sides

Carve meaning in ancient symbol

Burn black, secret incantation

Deeper than dermis

Throw stones to guide direction

Light fires on shoreline and

Whisper to your proud, paper children

That your heart goes with them

As setting sail

Receeding into

Marmelade sun

You feel the undoing of the papier maiche ambelical chord

Ivory notes forming beneath weight of ocean

If they could speak

An ache as long and needed, turning flute to mother’s cry

Marveling that she survive

When separate, she and her child 

Like dancers at opposite stage end

Feel through the soles of their feet

The others heartbeat

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22 thoughts on “The others heartbeat

  1. Maybe it’s age or depth or the fact that I have so much going on in my head these days, that I must sit with some pieces and let what they say, marinate before responding/reacting. This is one of them. Overall, a beautiful display of language, want, pain, and yearning. You start it off intensely and it doesn’t let up:

    “Make as you will

    A figure from paper

    Layer each breath

    Run glue until it shines

    Keep all strength in

    Let no part be feeble

    Save us in our design”

    Peace, Candice. One thing is for certain–your words are legendary.

  2. What I love so much about what you write is depending on my mood and where I am that day is how my mind and body will go with where your poetry leads. I know it can be interpreted in so many ways. For me, right now, i feel like i got wrapped up as a pretty pretty present presented under the christmas tree of a pretentious mother who only cared about the show but not my heart beat at all.

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