I Heart Beat


Image by Kim Nelson (used with permission)

I Heart Beat

I heart you sky
I heart you blue
I heart you cloud
I heart you true.

I heart you here,
there too and fro’–
I heart you now
and then and mo’.

I heart you even
when eve do fall–
(and adam too)
I heart you all.

So, lord, don’t hurt me–
jes’ hold me tight,
so’s I can ear
your heart all night.


Here’s a sort of ditty for With Real Toads, Kerry O’Connor, and a prompt focusing on beautiful images made by Kim Nelson. Don’t know about the last two stanzas!  Had something lighter –but you know me – if I can add some gloom, I will!  Oh well!

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52 Comments on “I Heart Beat”

  1. Ha! The adding of gloom is a true gift. This is fun, k, still, and not too searingly lowdown. I think the way the words fall in that little descending singsong helps keep the mood up, and what could be more hopeful than that third stanza? Enjoyed it much.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks. It started out so simple but too long, then I cut but also complexified. I am no longer so sure I improve things when I mess with them, but still mess with them.

      On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM, ManicDDaily

  2. How lovely! I love the rhythm of this piece, a little gospel, an e the rhyming adds to my whole impression that this should be sung.

  3. Helen Dehner Says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this … I can hear the heart beat!!

  4. This is so fun, Kay!! I love the rhythmic feel of this and the prayerful ending!! Well done!

  5. brian miller Says:

    haha fab word play in this…particularly like the bit around adam and eve…lol…and the double meaning…i heart you too k…smiles…this reminds me a bit of some of nikki giovanni’s playful stuff…

  6. David King Says:

    Clever. I never would have thought that it would work, but it does. It works just fine – and it’s great fun into the bargain!

  7. Mary Says:

    Karin, this is beautiful. In fact, I think this is my favorite poem of yours ever. Makes me want to say “Awwwww” at the end. Seems so ‘simple’ in form, but really is constructed so well and has such a deep meaning. Love, love, love it!

  8. janehewey Says:

    I enjoy the innocent musicality of this poem. trust overrides fear in the end. simply and beautifully.

  9. claudia Says:

    earing his heart all night…i like…i often wonder what i’ve done when i had been in that garden instead of eve.. probably just the same..ugh..

  10. I heart this, and I heart life and my kids still heart your art 😛

  11. Simple yet lovely to read out loud ~ I love the message, pleading for understanding and heart ~

  12. wolfsrosebud Says:

    aw… a sweetness in your words… amazing what a hug will do

  13. I have to confess that the phrase “I heart you” meaning “I love you” has always bugged me, but somehow it works here. I’ll never hear that phrase in quite the same way ever again. Peace, Linda

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Thanks, Linda. I will readily confess that it is not a phrase I have ever actually used (or I think would use normally) in that way! It just seemed to go with the image. k.

  14. ayala Says:

    Karin, this is lovely!

  15. Alex Dissing Says:

    This has a catchy, heartbeat-like rhythm. I enjoyed it.

  16. ladynyo Says:

    I like the gloom! it twists it just right. Makes it more complex.

    K….you have developed your poetry in the last year to such levels.


    Lady Nyo…and Claudia is going to love it, too.

  17. I like your ending here. A heartbeat is so soothing.

  18. So lovely, such fun and goes so well with the painting…both lovely.

  19. Oh, how I love this! The cadence is ideal and the dialect, so obvious in the final stanza, is endearing and grounding in locale.

  20. Different, but I really like it.

  21. kelly Says:

    This is wonderful, it reads like a song.

  22. apshilling Says:

    A great pulse flushes my upper chamber as I read 🙂
    goes Boom! Boom! Boom!

    You never miss a beat! 😀

  23. danadampier Says:

    I absolutely love this!! Great rhythm and flow. I love the dialect too!

  24. Poet Laundry Says:

    I enjoyed this lighthearted take…thanks for the grin 🙂

  25. nice. Really like the repetition and the almost childlike love in here. The adam line was nice, and the Jes’ I liked a lot, as it can be Jesus or diction for just. Really enjoyed and great painting by Kim, great choice to accompany your piece.

  26. Kelvin S.M. Says:

    …ah, and i heart your poem Karin… an reminder to love and just simply love everything around… beautiful… and the artwork, it speaks to me so deeply…kudos to Kim… smiles…

  27. Steve King Says:

    Here’s to the gloom…The last stanza adds such a great resolution, brings all the hearts together. Very nice job on this.

  28. zongrik Says:

    lots of fun with your words

  29. Myrna Says:

    This was fun to read. I don’t think the end was gloomy. Really like this. It’s so original.

  30. Luke Prater Says:

    I like it! The rep makes it quite musical and Kim’s pic is v pretty

  31. Beth Winter Says:

    I heart your poetry 🙂

  32. shanyns Says:

    I like the bounce…very nice and musical.

  33. Pamela Says:

    Karin,the short lines lend themselves well to the read. Very nicely done.


  34. jasmine calyx Says:

    I LOVE it! I am grinning so hard. 🙂

  35. There is so much whimsy here, and yet there’s more to it. The last two stanzas are perfectly brill! Peace, Amy

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