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© Written by Rosemarie Miranda Rosemarie's poem was chosen among eight poems out of a total of 24 entries in ILA Magazine's Facebook group, from a challenge offered last week: "Your heart has just scheduled a meeting with you. What's on your heart's agenda that needs to be discussed." Poets were required to write a poem as if in deep conversation with their heart and also required to apply words given to them (from a weekly vocabulary post), inserted into their poetry.

"Are you ready for a date?"
My heart said one day
Her winsome smile matched
the tintinnabulation of the heartstrings
Pounding on my chest like an echo
She chose a dimly-lit corner in a bistro
Her red lips sporting a smile about
to turn into a guffaw
"I did it", she jubilantly cried
as she saw me come to her
After I got settled, her mood shifted
She became somber, aorta pulsating,
"Rose, you work too hard, learn to rest
only then can you give and share your best"
"You have given too much love in this lifetime"
"Divert your energy to rhythm and rhyme"
"Only then can your life be meaningful"

I gaped at her like a long-lost friend
She is my conscience, no need to pretend
We both sipped our Bloody Mary
Then she left in such a hurry
A winsome smile plastered on her face
then she vanished without a trace
hidden under my chest, her rightful place.


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