the elaborate contortions of …
.. of a heart that dares to go to the most strenuous x-tremes to protect itself from even the faintest wisps of abandonment.
… of a heart that deflects and negates and strategizes and schemes and conjectures and portends.
… of a heart that is inclined to veer away from inconsequentiality.
… of a heart that seems to have run out of sleeves. at least for today.