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Lightning fingers separating buttons
Silken fingers slipping under skin
Quicksilver fingers burrow through
tissue, organs,bone and sinew
touching tender heart that lies within.
Gentle fingers stroke it into rhythm
match yours beat for beat
and rest for rest
Clever fingers coax it from my torso
hold it in your hands,
first tight,then more so
your cupping palm and fingers form a nest.
If it should wither now from inattention
If you should careless break it into two
If you should tire of holding it whenever
do not hand it back, for I can never
reinsert it; far simpler
to grow fresh heart anew.