December 2012 - Comments Off

Center Point

Lila Cutter '15

What an average-sized American heart.
What an upside-down pear heart.

The aorta is the largest artery in the human
it distributes blood from the destination heart.

With ear pressed to chest and silence in a room
the steady double thud can be heard from the heart.

Capacity for sympathy; center of emotion; hollow
pump-like organ: Britannica definition of “heart”.

Be a surgeon, cut open the chest (pass
the scalpel) through the flesh, arrive at heart.

Dilemma, dilemma—Lila, you don’t know much
about functions. Of the matter, this is the heart.

Published by: in Poetry, Volume 69: Issue 1

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