It’s no mean feat

to let your heart beat

a little,

maybe even

skip a little.

It’s not a sign of defeat

when you let your feet

wander off known paths,

seeking the sweet

instead of the mundane,

looking for well-lit streets,

rather than what’s dark and plain.

Your calloused heart

will later tell tentative stories,

but for now,

let your eyes meet,

let him sweep you off

your feet,

let your heart beat.

Ivie M. Eke 2020.

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