Kerrin P Sharpe

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mining the heart

the cardiologist
wears his own heart
like antlers

today he pushes
a metal trolley
through yards of arteries
to weed your heart

wings of old newspapers
canary claws
a scapular feather
cover the sign
you are entering the heart

a workplace where there
is always the anvil
the heat of hammers

the beetle mallet
its repetition a lantern
of pulley and flywheel
joins the fury of blood

as carts of forgotten sunlight
fall on your wrist
the cardiologist
removes his davy lamp
and closes the valve

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