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Request to the Heart Surgeon

By Gail Hennessy

You will be handling my lover’s heart
go carefully and slowly
make sure you have slept well
the night before and that your hands are steady

I believe you will stop his heart
I used to do that when we were young

or almost. I will be waiting outside
the theatre for your news, ready to enter
the intensive care unit. You had best use
every skill at your finger tips I implore

that you are methodical and careful
that you choose well the replacement

veins from his leg and stitch neatly
and when you enter his chest cavity

do so with utmost care, slice, peel back
as you would soft fruit, gently

be aware that you are mending two hearts
for his heart is also mine.