Guard your heart

Friends say to guard my heart
But I’m not sure how.
Is it what I say
Or the thoughts in my head?
How do I not experience every
Emotion strongly, passionately?
How do I not feel with
All my heart? Am I too simple?
Is this a sign of weakness?
I wish I could be tough –
Tell my heart to take it slow,
Protect itself from disappointment
And rejection and pain,
But the damn thing will not
Listen. It has rushed in without
Bothering to pause and get its
Bearings. And while my brain
Yells – wait – be careful – my
Heart cannot hear. It is already