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Heart of Gold.

Updated: Jan 8, 2021


Heart of Gold.

A golden heart cares much

For those she loves

and does much too

Every remark

cold or warm

Is love

Every thought

harsh or soft

Is love

Every act

selfish or sacrifice

Is love


a heart of gold gives much

receives little because

a heart of gold is hard to break into

But it is not their fault they love

It is ours--we exist

No matter how much we try

we cannot chip though it because they are always right

even when you suppose you

do right by your attempt to dig yourself out from a miry grave you dug for yourself

he turns even this situation on you

That's the 'problem' with a heart of gold

from its perspective, everything is always

darker dirtier impure because

everyone else even he

is trapped in a grave

Stay still, dig deep or get out of there

there's still dirt to be erased

and you're wrong all ways

Proclaims a heart

made of gold,

Desire for perfection-eternal.


©2020 by Ayo Okikiolu.



Trying to understand a perfectionist I knew, I wrote this poem.

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