Diastole

 

 Beating heart blush out my blood 
 Then rest then rest then rest then rest 
 

 Cresting waves crash on my shore
 Recede recede recede recede 
 

 Howling gale you lash at me
 Then breathe then breathe then breathe then breathe
 

 Expanding universe you stream away 
 Return return return return
 

 In life we fill then die away
 In darkness our constricted iris widens
 

 Our life 
 like a time-lapse nature film plays out:
 We grow then wilt
 We bolt and quiver to life
 Then stagger back to earth
 Eaten up and born again
 

 And everywhere this motif 
 As simple as the bloat in a frog's throat
 Systole, diastole
 Our beating heart 
 and gasping breath 
 Onwards and forever
 Our lives lived outwards
 Filled at rest
 

 
 
 

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