YOUR HEART AND HOW IT WORKS
is a pump not much bigger than a sweet potato.
Your heart is a steel wrecking ball, glove
Until pound becomes gush and sigh—and heart settles
But we are all so deceived by the heart as a pump we
fast your heart beats—it's how
Your heart is tough but it can suffer
Did you know, if all the work your heart does in one
I weeded and automated two school libraries. Pre-adolescents & teenagers coursed through these cavernous rooms, flinging off energies which made the books glow. Nevertheless,
I sent many wonderful books to recycling bins, minus their cloth-covered boards, which elementary teachers hoard. I kept Your Heart and How It Works by Herbert S. Zim (Morrow, 1959). All About Snakes (Random House, 1956) inspired "Shake the Famous Tail" in the anthology North of Wakulla (Anhinga P). New poems are germinating from Seeds: Their Place In Life and Legend (Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1936); from a book about the virgin Moon; and from a biography of President Kennedy as a man who would never die.