Missed Payment

During your entire lifetime
your heart does not take
a single day off.

Even while you are busy
cleaning your brain
through the act of sleeping.

Be happy it does not
punch a time clock
or collect overtime.

Do not overextend
so oxygen debt
forecloses you during sex.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

Sequence

Urgent bow pull.
String: twined hair.
Breath even.
A single release note.
Arrow compression.
Extension: reclaimed shape.
Cut air above buffalo grass.
The plunge through flesh.
Into the heart.
White hart topples.
Eyes blank.
Red stains vessel earth.
Palms rise in thanks giving.


copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney