What would you tell a heart
that had a crush on you?
Would you tell it to go back inside
and close the door as it went?
Would you tell it to turn out the light
to take its toys and go home?
Would you tell that it was not welcome here
and could no longer come over and play?
Would you tell it to throw away your words
and forget the sound of your voice?
Would you tell it that taking a chance
was something it should be punished for?
A crush is well intentioned
something light and free.
It’s kind of like a tickle
something that makes you smile.
I ask you because I know you’ve had
a crush or two in your time?
I wonder what you said to yours
and what advice you had.
Did you tell it to be elastic
to bend and not to break?
Did you tell it to stretch itself to test
the reality of its strength?
Did you tell it that it was all ok
that it was just a simple crush.
Or did you tell it that everything was different now
and this was all just too much?
A crush, as I said, is simple,
it’s not unrequited love.
It’s not desperation and longing
it’s a balloon cut loose from its string.
It’s taking a ride on a swing
forward and then back.
You always end up at the starting point
there is comfort in knowing that.
Maybe it’s not even a crush
maybe it’s just a smile.
It’s being outside in the warmth of the sun
where I haven’t been in such a long time.