Monday, 13 June 2022

One Heart

by Nick Gisburne

Two special sisters share a single heart,
Malevolent misfortune, nature’s curse.
They learn to live as one, until they start
To weaken. Every day the pain is worse.
One heart was never strong enough for two.
It fights to find the strength to beat for both.
Accepting there is nothing they can do,
The sisters make a simple, sacred oath.
A game of chance determines who survives.
The promise binds them: death, or life, today.
They cut the cards to separate their lives.
Together, for the final time, they play.
    Two aces, hearts. Their choices are the same.
    Two cheats, two sisters, dying, share their shame.