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.

last year