The Heart Specialist

The heart specialist
knows how to maneuver
his way with the
vasculature and chambers of the heart
to keep it beating,
though damaged.

Horizons and years of ache:
splitting the atria,
splitting the ventricles,
wearing out its intricate passages.

It’s all about recognizing
and reducing friction,
he says,
handing me a blood-red rose.

– Kay Winter

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