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Lead with your Heart

February 6, 2010


Lead with your heart, you said
and I took it literally
like a manual
like the good girl that I am.

I plunged forth against the warnings
my heart like the red nose
of Rudolph, shining bright
into the darkest winds.

How they chapped and whipped
the exposed skin,
blued and grayed the young pink flesh.
See how the world has worn her to a stub,
the scar-bright flesh of her glaring
in the moonlight?

As I fly, harnessed to this gift-laden sleigh
with only the promise of your love–
the dutiful call to serve you–
pressing me on against all odds,
against all better judgement
this love doesn’t exist
this gift doesn’t exist
it is too perfect, too ugly
too real,
only ours to believe in.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Judith aka juju permalink
    February 11, 2010 4:33 pm

    beautiful poem Heidi. Be strong. You can do eveything you need to do to reach your dreams and take care of your family. I believe in you.

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