my heart is not a mortar shell

My heart is not a mortar shell,
for it is much too small, more
kin to a jangling handful of
twenty-two cartridges,
half-emptied,
only good for small game,
unarmored targets.
There is no whale to be killed
by such a heart,
there is no
castle walls weak enough to smite.
It is a heart destined only
to destroy intimately.

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