Hearts in Velvet

Your fair heart should be
wrapped in velvet and kept
with silk from far away
and lace that was made
by hand long ago
and amber bright as the day

Oh, your heart should be
a secret that's kept
away from cruel everyday things
away from misusers
safe with the treasures
with china like butterfly wings

But to wish your heart
to stay tied in ribbons
with love letters from 'cross the sea
--to keep you so safe
would wish you no joy
I wish your heart to be free.

-- Wintersweet
July 5, 2000

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