This has my final nomination and deserves the front page, in my opinion. Fluent rhyming throughout. The only suggestion I would make, Michael, "Your heart was wrapped in strands OF gold". I think without the 'of' it just drops a beat there (to me anyway).
Wonderful work, as ever.
Oh my god. This broke my heart, and really impressed me. The style reminded me of an old favourite poem - Music I Heard by Conrad Aiken, (look it up). The structure, the flow, the word choice and sentiments, it's all well combined and touches the reader's heart. Thank you for sharing, I hope it goes to the front page!