Tikkun HaLev (Repair of the Heart)

a rose against blackness
I am a descendant of Sarah
there and not there
as if I were attached
to a body
in need of life support.
Arteries are blocked.
Veins obstructed.
Tunnels congested with hate
thwart the flow of oxygen
so that blood turns cold
and sickens at its center.
How can a body breathe without a stable heart?
How can a body survive so much spilled blood?
An attack of the heart
needs repair,
tikkun halev,
pathways need to be rerouted
so that lifeblood can warm
and pulse again.
I pray for a minimally invasive procedure
that will save our collective broken heart.



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