There’s a Band Around My Heart
By Kathy Koches
There’s a band around my heart. It is like an elastic band,
stretching and allowing my heart to expand so there is more room;
More room for love, more compassion,
Adding and growing every day.
There’s a band around my heart. It is like hard steel,
cutting deep. It helps me contain pain and grief;
My own and that of others, such as when I see the abuse and
suffering of children, animals, strangers and friends.
There’s a band around my heart. It is like a wooden ring,
with warm, rich colors and many layers. It is beautiful,
as well as useful, and I consented to the placement eagerly,
knowing it would enrich my life.
There’s a band around my heart. It was not put there by a surgeon,
though it was placed with great care.
I can show you a replica, made of gold and adorned with diamonds;
A daily reminder to me of the true band around my heart.
There’s a band around my heart. It is made of love.
It was placed there nearly twenty-five years ago.
It is my most cherished possession and
I will keep it around my heart forever.
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