Can you?

Can you hear my heart beat?
A slow steady
Tick… tock
Tick… tock
Tick… tock

Can you hear my heart beat?
The heart given to you
A precious gift
Battle scarred
Dented a little
Here and there, for sure
A precious gift nonetheless
It’s outer wall torn down
The shell peeled off
Fragile and beating just for you
An excited
Tick… tock, tick… tock
Tick… tock, tick… tock
Tick… tock, tick… tock

Can you hear my heart beat?
The heart entrusted to you
A precious gift
Carelessly discarded
One twisted thought at a time
Wrung dry as dust
With the greed of the black hole for the universe
Stabbed with distrust
Darkened by hate
Still beating
A stuttering
Tick… tock… tock
Tock… tick… tock
Tick

Can you hear my heart beat?
The heart entrusted to you
A precious gift no more
Broken shards
Stuck together with glue
Armoured with a new shell
Walled in once more
New weapons of defence installed
All mine to coax back to life
Still beating, but only just
A languishing
Tick….
Tock…
Tick…

Can you hear my heart beat?


© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

Can you?

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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When I wrote this, this song was going round my head as a counterpoint.


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