2.24.2014

Chest Pains


there's a reason why there's a cage in your chest
why your ribs wrap like bars 
and warn your heart against escape

for when it beats
and shoots
and pumps against the marrow
something has to hold it back

when it's broken and wants to drop to your stomach
when it's about to burst and wants to break the skin without regard

that's when the bird needs to be caged
flight impossible and discouraged

there's a reason why there's a cage in your chest