HEARTBEAT

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HEARTBEAT

A HEARTBEAT

 

Heartbeats steady, softy hiccupping along

The machine clicks and clacks its way

His heart’s melody a wondrous song.

 

Pencil lines trace a life to prolong

With a fervent hope, the beat will not sway

Heartbeats steady, softy hiccupping along.

 

Auscultation sounds are too strong

Stop, wait, start again this isn’t child’s play

His heart’s melody a wondrous song.

 

Lub dub, swishing racing sounds are wrong

Regular beats our prayer every day

Heartbeats steady, softy hiccupping along.

 

Steady sounds, regular beats our wish life-long

Tachycardia be gone, go away

His heart’s melody a wondrous song.

 

We reject Death’s request for a liaison

Stay and smell the roses in life’s bouquet.

Heartbeats steady, softy hiccupping along

His heart’s melody a wondrous song.

 

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About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. She is a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) completing Bachelor of Creative Writing. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la, and their second-hand book shop.

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  1. Hi, Kate Thanks, This is true Ithis villanelle has been inspired by our experiences of the last 7 months. Bernie had a pace maker and defibrillator inserted after a massive heart attack in January and then it went wrong and had to be replaced in late March. So this piece well and truly has its roots in real life. He is doing OK now but has 24 x7 monitoring of the device and is the driving force for us to return to Victoria now that my Mother has passed away. Cheers Linda

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