The Scale


One foot, then the other
Bare shoulders, the weight
Of her soul
Do not measure in pounds,
Not kilos or stones

Measure it with care
How much is given
How much she takes

Ribs like a cage
What use for a flightless bird?

Measure it not in stones

Measure it by laughter and grief
By her voice at the night’s
earliest hour
By thoughts in her private meditations

Measure it not in stones

Measure it in the weight of love,
dearest.

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