Lest My Heart Do Fox Trot Instead of Bossa Nova

Monitor That Heart — Hear the Beat

It’s only been a week
That I’ve had the heart monitor:
Like a three-legged spider seek-
ing off-beat rhythm: arrhythmia.

“Holter monitor” it’s called.
Sounds like law enforcement —
Halt, Holter! —
Just so people can hear my heart,
Not fix it, just hear.

I’ll have it for a month
So somebody in Florida can hear
My California heart
And call immediately if
It starts doing fox trot instead
Of bossa nova. Call somebody
Working with my doctor
To report that my heart ran
Away to the ballroom
With a saxophone player.

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Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.

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