How to photograph the heart

You remember how the lens squeezed
unimportant details into stillness:
the essential trail of rain down glass,
the plummet of autumn-dead leaves,
your grandfather’s last blink when
the breath moved on.
Your startled hands compressed
the shutter when you realized: this is it,
this is the last movement he will take
away from the silent fall of morphine,
beyond the soft gasp of the nurse,
past the sick, slow thud of your heart
moving in the luminous silence.

© 2005 Christine Klocek-Lim — This poem appeared on the Guardian Poetry Workshop’s shortlist in December 2005 for Lucy Newlyn’s exercise on “inscape” poetry.

9 thoughts on “How to photograph the heart

  1. Thank you so much, everyone. I really appreciate you taking the time to come by and comment.I posted this as an experiment, but didn’t quite get the rest of it up yet. Hope to have an audio recording of me reading this in a day or so. . . Have to wait for my tech guy (dear hubby) to help. 🙂

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