Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Like a musty old

with cloth bits standing-in 
for its long-
lost rooks 

and a couple of quarters
kept in the box 

expressly for use
in place 
of horses—

or, like a 
library book
with a few pages missing

which, mercifully does not 
seem to decrease 

your affinity for characters
or apprehension 
of plot—

so too 
can a heart

still be jury-rigged  
to work 

even after a few 
of its parts were
snatched out.