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18-JUL-2018 Carol J Phipps

This Broken Rock

I find it lying beside the drive near a patch
of evening primroses, now doing their June
thing of blooming each night at nine fifteen.

I pick it up and am struck by its resemblance
to a heart, albeit a misshapen one,
worn down by years—no, centuries, or

even more—of winds and weather, sun
and storm. Not too unlike the ones within
our breasts that beat da-dum, da-dum, da-dum

till they no longer can. And are they not ​
misshapen too, perhaps one hump more arched
or chipped away? Most hearts are broken more

than once. A hole, eroded part way through
the rock’s left ventricle might one day spring
a leak. But that could be eons away.

—Elaine Parker Akin


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Joyce Oliver 16-Aug-2018 12:05
Several years ago Ron gave me a poster that has lots of images on it -- images where one can see hearts in flowers, leaves, rocks, clouds, etc. The caption is "Love is where you find it." Thank you for reminding it of it.
Penny Laughlin 11-Aug-2018 00:54
How true and beautiful!
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