better left sealed

canned heart
by j. lewis

falling is so easy
and we try so hard
to make love more
than it should be
than it need be

better to keep it simple
like your hand in mine
walking down the canned fruit aisle
talking about supper
or next wednesday

i remember those moments
like they happened today
and every single time
knowing you chose to walk away
rips the lid off my heart
like pulling the ragged top
off a can of peaches


j.lewis is an internationally published poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. His poetry and music reflect the difficulty and joy of human interactions, and often draw inspiration from his decades of experience in healthcare. When he is not writing, composing, or diagnosing, he is often on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California.


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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