Lonnie Hicks

Freshman - 614 Points (www.lonniehicks.com / Chicago Ill)

The Palmed Heart - Poem by Lonnie Hicks

I knocked on the door of her soul
peered into its window
tried to see her there at the table
where she sits each day;
I listened for her heart beats
tried to divine her secret place
her mystery needs.

But no;
my trek and voyeurism
came to naught;
she kept all her secrets in her pillow keep
and I had at last
to knock her door
and wait for her to turn the lock
peer out
and ask
'Hi, do I know you? '
She did not; but my eyes had fixed her
many times
and she knew them, their gaze.

She looked at me-
looked at my eyes-
beginning to slowly recognize
they had sought her many times.

I hoped they could speak for me
that they could communicate what words could not convey.
But, I could only stand there and allow proximity
to inveigh what I could not, make my silence speak;
place my soul in the palm of my hand
for long seconds
while she looked and looked
a puzzle-stranger at her door.

She finally said.
'Come in, have something to drink; I have made some tea.

I think she recognized me finally
as someone who from afar
had given her their heart
and she was kind enough
not to slam the door
on it
and I.

It was not love
but kindness here
but that dear reader
is what allows True Love in the door
and she did.
And that was the main thing I needed to know about her
and that was what made me love her.
first from afar
and now
up close.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 24, 2010

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