Today, heart open

today 
I have the sense of my heart stretching open
like I am performing a pose
heart on hinge 
wide 
I hear the creek of rust 
metal on metal grinding 
dust blown away from heavy filing
prying
needling 
I feel the painful stretch of valves not used 
pumping
achey joints
pulled into place
I am not afraid anymore
of what waits
I have seen enough to know 
I can trust
this is me
light flooding
open