Prep me for surgery. I don’t know what’s happening. This is an emergency. A medical mystery. Here’s my consent in writing. My heart is gone, picked up and left. Find me a new one. Then sew it in my chest.
I am the Tin Man. Colored hearts on my sleeve. Drinking from an oil can. Empty as can be. With a map of misguided direction. And the burning of my isolation. I am the Tin Man. Broken like you see.
I no longer have the heart to love. Of course you refused and denied. Wanting the things I couldn’t give. You kicked me to the curbside. How sad it must be. Being the name no one will miss. But I’ll mark you down on my list. Even if it hurts to reminisce.
My joints are rusted through. The hinges scream and grind. Damage was all we really knew. Tearing through body and mind. The things that were stolen. We now must replace. At the bottom of the stairs. And in the lines we erased.
Put me back together. Give me back my skin. I’d rather die from a broken heart. Than live as a piece of tin. Send a pulse to the vein. Tune the drum at my core. I am not an empty frame. The Tin Man is no more.
This is the rest of Tin Man. In light of recent events it seemed fitting to post the rest of what I wrote years ago.