If I Ever Stop
by Kelley White

If I ever stop loving you,
sing to me

whatever’s broken
will be whole again

if I ever forget
what we meant
to each other

sing that old song
that I might rediscover

that place in my eyes
that you touched
at the start

before you learned
how to dance
on my heart

IMAGE: “Two Hearts in a Forest” by Jim Dine (1981).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This little “song” about a bittersweet relationship showed up on a bittersweet day—hope there is just enough of a little twist at the end. It appeared in Lucid Rhythms in 2011.


Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural
 New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals, including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle, and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books). She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.