Let me play on your xylophone bones
While you tug my heartstrings
Making them stretch so long
I think to myself,
How can anyone love so much?
We’ll run through the park
By my house
And when your hind legs give out,
I’ll sit next to you in the grass
It can happen,
But I’m here.
And you’ll get the courage to stand.
I’ll lead you
But really, you’re leading me.
I was crying.
You remember the day.
You came in unannounced, nosing your way through the cracked door
Like we were playing a game of hide and seek
And you found me
Crying about life, about boys, Mom, school.
And you came and jumped up next to me.
And you sat there and let me hug you and you held very still,
A different still from normal where you seize up and hope I get bored
And go away.
This was a moment where the xylophone bones and the heartstring girl
Sat and we played a song
With our understanding.
And the thunder pounded a world of applause
And the rain tapped, encore, encore
And the wind was shocked, for it had finally found a worthy tune to sing to.
The earth was moved
While the world stood still,
The inhabitants unaware of our music.
You gave me courage to stand.
And when your eyes blocked out the sun with their white spots
And you had a tendency to fall down window wells,
I’ll find you,
I’ll hear your heartbeat and I’ll come and get you
I’ll save you
Because you’ve saved me
When I fell down
And no one else could hear the ground
With my entire being screaming,
Let me feel your xylophone bones.
I know it’s been too long
And you can no longer play them
I’m sorry I went away to school
I’m sorry we won’t be able to play
Our small orchestra of muscle and bones
Lie down, now.
My heartstrings will keep plucking,
Because you gave me the courage to stand.