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The Heart Under Your Heart by Craig Arnold

Halfway through the year now. I wonder if my letter has reached you.

The Heart Under Your Heart
Craig Arnold

Who gives his heart away too easily must have a heart
under his heart.

—James Richardson

The heart under your heart
is not the one you share
so readily so full of pleasantry
& tenderness
it is a single blackberry
at the heart of a bramble
or else some larger fruit
heavy the size of a fist
it is full of things
you have never shared with me
broken engagements bruises
& baking dishes
the scars on top of scars
of sixteen thousand pinpricks
the melody you want so much to carry
& always fear black fear
or so I imagine you have never shown me
& how could I expect you to
I also have a heart beneath my heart
perhaps you have seen or guessed
it is a beach at night
where the waves lap & the wind hisses
over a bank of thin
translucent orange & yellow jingle shells
on the far side of the harbor
the lighthouse beacon
shivers across the black water
& someone stands there waiting

Comments (2)

  • Most people pride themselves on just how open they are.There are so many people who are such obvious extroverts. But in reality,they are nothing as they appear. We are our true selves with so few people,if any at all. And this idea of ‘having a heart under a heart’ is true of so many of us.
    This is the first craig arnold poem that i’ve read…and its amazing. Thanks for posting it!


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