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




                wonderful 

              and

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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