The Game of Hearts

Game of Hearts by Wendy Garfinle

 Wendy Garfinkle is back with a poem to make our hearts think. Last week, Wendy brought with her advice from the Grammar Goddess side of her life, and this week she is sharing the creative touch. I love both sides to Wendy, and I am so grateful that she was willing to grace my page with her beautiful words.

game of hearts

too much trouble,
game of hearts
die a little
each time

stomach roils
bile boils
hot flashes,
+++++(not a menopausal symptom)
are you worth
this anxiety and derangement?

so much easier
so much calmer
to dream and imagine
than to stretch out my hands
and fail to hold on
to a happily ever after

+++++too far
+++++too tight
+++++too much

no mystery to
an open book

game of hearts
grows bitter and sour
upon the tongue