a paper heart

i have a paper heart

college ruled

so easy to soften

so easy to tear

to soften with tears

and tear it with scissors

or hands, or anything really.

i think i'll write a poem on it,

the shortest one i've written

for sometimes it's just a few words

all you need to say something



terrible at once.

i think i'll build a steel wall

to surround this paper heart

and not allow permanent marker near

what sets this shape apart

i have to protect this paper heart

from the ruthless, crude, and dark reality

that surrounds you

that surrounds me

that crumbles my paper heart

college ruled.

-C. Bauxa

June 22, 2015

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