Hearts Heard

A poem

Sydney J. Shipp
Jan 7 · 1 min read
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If I bowed to the earth,
kneeled down before her and lay
my head upon her chest,
ear to the ground,
could I hear the sound
of every heart in the world beating

Would the rhythm inside her ribs
be a cacophony of overlapping thumps —
an oration declaring, “We are alive.” —
or would the hammering of hearts be
the solitary hum of a single syllable,
not lonely and lost, but found

Could even a scintilla of a second
of silence slip in between the thuds
When one succumbs,
would I miss the beat, or would another
born instantly replace it —
syncopation back in sync before I
realized it was lost

Would it resonate with me,
or would what sustains the we
be drowned out by my own drumming
I would like to think that
for the sake of us,
I could hear the collective cadence over
own unaccompanied song

How willing would I become
to be a part of the pattern and not
a pulse coursing alone,
if I just knelt down
as a humble heartbeat among the many
and asked her
if I could listen
to the one

For the Sake of the Song

Sing your own song!

Sydney J. Shipp

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Expressing in words, the universal feelings inspired by self, nature, and human interactions. Instagram: SydneyJShipp, Twitter: @Sydneyjshipp

For the Sake of the Song

A publication for those compelled to share their unique song with the world! Featuring poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction by creative voices. Follow to join the community.

Sydney J. Shipp

Written by

Expressing in words, the universal feelings inspired by self, nature, and human interactions. Instagram: SydneyJShipp, Twitter: @Sydneyjshipp

For the Sake of the Song

A publication for those compelled to share their unique song with the world! Featuring poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction by creative voices. Follow to join the community.

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