can’t feel his heart

© 2019 by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

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he can’t feel

his heart

it’s dead

not even beating

gone

vanished

his feelings

dreams

hopes

crushed

six and not

knowing when

and if 

he’ll ever

see his parents

again

one day

they were with him

on a long dusty

hot journey

now they’re 

gone

he keeps thinking

they’ll be back

any moment

but they’re not

the days

weeks 

keep moving on

and

he can’t feel

his heart

doesn’t want to

doesn’t want

to know he

has a heart

to remind him

of where he is

in a cage

children all 

around him are

crying

hungry babies

no food

water

what good is

a heart

it only aches

shatters

every heartbeat

hurts

he doesn’t need 

never will need

a heart again