Timpani

1.

I suppose my heart
May be just like that

Timpani

So coarse but limber
Enough

To stretch its membrane
Out of reach then farther —

Before jerking back to just
Wobble out a pure note

Its soft swell harbored in
Hard frameworks

It’s difficult to know how
The hollow bowl

Resounds

2.

Inside me my heart
Rings

A strange sound indeed
For a drum

I sit beside it which is stranger
Still

3.

A timpani’s dominance
Comes from a thin flap of skin

Only skin

 

4.

You’re kind
Of mean
On the Inside

He said

5.

If you’re going to cry
Then do it in the other room

 

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