Whimsical Rap

Heartbeats connect passing moments
into repeating rhythmic loops

rewarding persistence
with persistence

I slow my breath
but cannot slow my heart

migrating geese like musical notation
against an early evening sky

timestamped cues are signposts
making music is like open-heart surgery

you have to go to that broken place
in your heart to write songs

endless sorrow is worse than death
mourn and remember the dead in peace

for we have been shown more
than we can ever comprehend.


Anne Whitehouse is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Meteor Shower (Dos Madres Press, 2016). She has also written a novel, Fall Love, which is now available in Spanish translation as Amigos y amantes by Compton Press. Recent honors include 2017 Adelaide Literary Award in Fiction, 2016 Songs of Eretz Poetry Prize, 2016 Common Good Books’ Poems of Gratitude Contest, 2016 RhymeOn! Poetry Prize, 2016 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Poetry Prize. She lives in New York City.

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