I hold your heart
in the palm of my hand
heart and palm
touching lightly
close my palm
and you will suffocate
you need room to breathe
to let the air
touch and heal
the wounds from which you bleed
so that you can grow wings
and fly away

I will close my palm then
into a fist
and hold it to my heart
and listen to your heartbeat
through my pain………

Sashikala Premawardhane

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