A Fragment


He gave her a fragment of his heart.

She looked at it in mild surprise.

It’s so small; barely a crumb.

Is this all I mean to you?


The corners of her mouth drooped.

She got uncharacteristically glum.

Embarrassed, he unbuttoned his chest.

I didn’t want to show you,

but the rest of my heart isn’t doing so fine.


She stared at the weakened muscle –

beating erratically, damaged, and fractured.

I’m afraid my sins have caught up with me.

My insides aren’t pristine like they used to be.

I only hope you can understand.

The best part of my heart I’ve now given to you,

the light in my dark, my one true friend.


(Image by Sigurd Decroos of freeimages.com)


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