PRECAUTIONARY POEM

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In order to keep it warm,
I have brought my heart 
a tiny duffle coat,
fur lined and toggled
with a hood to keep the hail away.

Because it has no ability 
to absorb even simple information,
for example, Cause and Effect,
I have brought my heart 
a Dunce’s hat
to shame it for it’s foolishness

And because it is frequently restless,
I have brought my heart
a set of flannelette pyjamas
so it will sleep soundly all night
and not wake early,
hopeful and profoundly tired.


Kathryn Simmonds

From “Sunday at the Skin Laundrette” 
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