heart : husk


a velvet heart

longingly touched

lovingly caressed

encased in paper shield

so thin

with sudden spark

begins the burn

scratching

rips

enflamed

singed so scathingly

such soft fabric

burned too hard

too fast

snuffed out

exposed with ashen debris

no loving caress

no longer touched

a charred husk


"Rekindle” — Scott Uminga