Heartbeat

Pictures taken down
from a filthy board
aged with forbidden words
Words too heavy to use
with my decaying tongue
Your smile still lingers
on my wall
fixed loosely by
green magnets like
hibernating ladybirds
waiting to evolve
Pictures taken down
and returned to me
with a single staple still attached
The sting on my ring finger
stays for twenty-eight
seconds longer
than my heartbeat

Dr. Ho Cheung Lee (Peter) resides in Hong Kong, where he teaches and writes. He is the founding editor of BALLOONS Lit. Journal. His poetry/short stories have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, River Poets Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, The Chaffey Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Oddville Press, The Writing Disorder, and elsewhere. His photography/artwork is forthcoming in Rattle (winter 2016) as cover art, *82 Review (Issue 4.4), and Front Porch Review (Jan 2017). More about him can be found at http://www.ho-cheung.com.

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