Why Does My Heart Beat?

The Sleeping Girl

I once wrote about a young man in love. He did not sleep all night, and I listened to his beating heart.

“What is it beating against?” I asked.

“Can’t you hear?” said the young man, “It is doing battle with my reason.”

It beat as if against the walls of a dungeon, this little, inexperienced, desperate human heart.

David Dar
American writer (1983)

Painting by Balthus: The Sleeping Girl (1943)

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