Frankie McMillan

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The heart takes its tin box on journeys, packs its memories
in sawdust, how we love the worn, the imperfect return

surprising how the miles can swallow
a body

you become smaller, a distant blip
on the screen

yet they can monitor your heartbeat
plot whether your trousers

are up in Timbucktoo or down in Timaru
or whether you are simply staring

open mouthed at the sudden hills

one day your organ will short-circuit, a fuse will pop and as we fumble
in a dark motel room, the surgeon’s face will light up in wonderment

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