always the heart. Those matters
of heritage, lifestyle,
We make promises
and say what we mean
when we first say it.
Forever after we are somewhat unsure;
Did I say always? Sometimes?
Yes, I will walk each day,
eat more raw broccoli
and taste collard greens.
Yes, we will be kinder to one another, practice
lightheartedness, and forgetfulness.
By now some arteries are permanently closed,
but collaterals may grow, who knows.
Damage is indicated by various dashed lines
on the cardiac print-out. Your family doctor
will interpret these with you, and review
your wellness plan.
Blockages, self-righteous debates,
where to win feels like death by drowning;
selfish for air we grasp at anything.
How much tissue
has been greyed out
where once bloody and vital?