CARDIO-CRYPTOLOGIST (August Postcard Poem 2017 – Pantoum Challenge)

Her heart beats in Morse Code,

an arrhythmia that alarms doctors,

elates lovers,

and dispatches the secrets of love.


An arrhythmia that alarms doctors

requires a cardiac specialist

and dispatches the secrets of love

into acute arrest,


requires a cardiac specialist

with skilled fingers

who moonlights as a cryptologist

capable of resuscitation.


With skilled fingers,

he massages code into language

capable of resuscitation

at the moment of despair.


With skilled fingers,

elates lovers

capable of resuscitation…

her heart beats in Morse Code.


Copyright 2017

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