Mended Heart

By Rie Sheridan Rose

I gave my heart to you—
you returned it,
broken.

I searched long days
for a craftsman with skill
enough to mend it.

At last, I found one,
offered the shattered pieces
shyly.

Expert fingers took them
carefully, acknowledging
their worth.

I held my breath
as he slowly rebuilt
the whole.

He gave me his to hold
as he mended mine,
and now the two entwine.

I should thank you
for your disregard,
because now, once more—

I am whole.

Rie Sheridan Rose’s poetry appears in numerous publications, including Speculative Poets of Texas, Vol. 1; Texas Poetry Calendar; and Illumen, to name a few. A member of SFWA, HWA, and SFPA, she has authored six poetry chapbooks, twelve novels, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

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