The boy in the labyrinth is led by his heart. Its thick systolic lurch. Its clear call from the carotid’s shunt. Somewhere the minotaur refuses to say hello. Somewhere lost moths beat themselves to death against a torch’s reflection. The actual light somewhere, which is a silence between the boy and the beast. That understanding. That repetition of silences as when a light is switched on and off. The two of them quiet in the dark, listening to their own hearts pump, law, law, law. The boy thinks, beast, if you can hear, this is my heart. It thrums like a shirt-full of plums plopped into a basket. Dear beast, listen to my valves strike. Listen to them open.