a dealer in antiques,
for sale things of the past,
holding in my hands
grown beautiful through remodelings.
-- old words -- that still can warm the heart.
I have a few harsh ones, too;
lacerate the flesh that handles them,
sharp as a shrewish tongue.
but perhaps you would like to see --
like to purchase a heart?
here in this musty earthen jar,
scores of them -- some slightly cracked
twisted all awry -- some broken outright.
how widely this one gapes!
was a young girl's, broken by her lover
here is a mother's heart that knew a wayward son.
is a heart that was crushed by circumstances;
here's one pierced by the sharp words of one's beloved;
one torn through the treachery of a friend.
are old memories --
kinds of memories,
at a great price --
sold for almost nothing.
a baby's shoe,
former owner outgrew it
went the way of all flesh.
the dealer in antiques,
Dealer in heart strings.