Heart Beats

There is this thing that happens

when you’re out of words to say.

As you wave goodbye,

and turn the car on,

the moment

opens up its arms

and wraps you

 

and you just cry. Violently

 

Underneath the moon,

or at a 24 hour bakery,

or at an intersection

while you wait for the light to turn

green.

 

But you cry as if your body knows

no other function.

You cry like you did the first day of

your life.

Not out of sadness,

as a reminder you’re alive.

 

And for a few seconds, the wind

And the night

And the music from the car next to you

All sound like a heartbeat

 

Maybe that’s what happens

when

you’ve forgotten the sound

of your own

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