This is a most beautiful piece. You do such free verse very nicely. Inspiring to me. I love the spare feel. Particularly because when one is outside–among nature, as it were, one feels so small–so vulnerable. Yet, on the one hand, so much beauty surrounds us; on the other hand, it can harm, or even kill us. Part of nature’s charm is in its danger, and it is, I believe a good part of why we feel so satisfied when we tame a small portion of it.
“That stepping rhythm:” deca-syllables
Of which a gracious poetess once wrote,
That navigate so flawlessly along.
There is a balance;
I feel it is important,
So I see to it.
Here are no more than
The same thoughts with fewer words,
But still in freeverse.
If I did not describe my heart:
How it yearns for you;
How it quickens at every sight of you,
Every instant when I first hear your voice;
If I did not write: of how it races when you come near;
That it has skipped when you have touched me;
That it pounds with the expectation of your touch,
Every beat so hard that it shakes my body enough for you to see;
If I chose to keep the secret: of its quiet rhythm in the morning when I wake;
How long I have lain, quietly amazed as our hearts beat in perfect synchrony;
That I wondered how many minutes would pass before their rhythms diverged;
Every word withheld as I lay down my pen and lock it away with its barren white sheets;
If I swore not to describe my heart,
Would it stop beating forever?
Here you will find the words themselves, presented in freeverse as simply and compactly as possible. The order of the words is not changed; there is nothing added or removed, but punctuated in order to make it easier to follow the words–something just short of prose, perhaps. And although the line lengths appear problematic, it so happens that there are 14 of these lines.
I should state that the words were originally written this way, although you might have suspected that the original form was presented in part 5. In any case, the words are easily understood now.
Just read the words. Think about what they mean; perhaps in answer to the original prompt: