lub-dup (for the good of my heart)


when I was in nursing school
they described the sound


really it meant more than sound
it conjured an image of blood
washing through valves and chambers
pushed and pulsed on a bright red journey



and that’s the heart-beat sound
it’s what I hear
when I press my ear against your chest

or when something you do
makes my breath stumble and hold
makes me tighten
hyper-aware of myself


I’d like to run from the top of the hill
on our old volcano
down the crater-side like a child

then maybe halfway
when I’m moving fast
loose footing might force a dive
and I could roll
laughing like a carefree  fool
to the bottom

that’s the way I’d like to feel my heart






the doctor says
I have to take my walking more seriously
that if I don’t get up off my arse
I’ll need pills

is his cry
and life change
is what I have to do
or I’m going to die

he says
a lub-dup doesn’t last forever
it’s only for the rest of my life


I’m looking forward to walking with you again
from the base of the hill
deep inside the crater
up until we’re right at the top
on the rim

probably I’ll need an excuse to stop
about halfway
because I’ll be feeling for my wind by then
and the sound in my chest
will drive like a double-beaten drum


and when I feel it that way I’ll know
I’m alive
lifestyle changing
for the good of my heart


and you

the good of my heart

© Frank Prem, 2006

11 thoughts on “lub-dup (for the good of my heart)

  1. Go for it, Frank – nothing better, imo. Lub-dub sounds pretty good! It sounds as though you’re referring to the funus walk Leanne mentioned in her blog. The one with the photo of the eucalypt?
    It’s been hot work walking here over the last few days. Unusually high temperatures, though today it’s cooled a little!

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  2. The things our hearts beat for, are the ones that keep us alive right? Even though it gets harder to tell as we get older.
    Thank you for this glimpse inward! I’ll be thinking lub-dup every time i hear my own heartbeat!

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