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phase of the heartbeat when the heart muscle relaxes and allows the chambers to fill

Today I offer an appreciation

to the lub-dub

lub-dub, lub-dub

of that swishy muscle

protected in casing of ribs

under your furry chest

warm, against my cheek

This stoic machine

generating vacillations in pressure

audibly priming and pumping

life, again and again

Each a miracle - heart and man

A note about this poem: Alden’s diagnosis has offered a challenge to each of us individually and to our partnership. When we start with appreciation, we thrive.

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