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Poetry Month day 8

Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts
 
Never offer your heart
to someone who eats hearts
who finds heartmeat
delicious
but not rare
who sucks the juices
drop by drop
and bloody-chinned
grins
like a God.

Never offer your heart
to a heart gravy lover.
Your stewed, overseasoned
heart consumed
he will sop up your grief
with bread
and send it shuttling
from side to side
in his mouth
like bubblegum.

If you find yourself
in love
with a person
who eats hearts
these things
you must do.

Freeze your heart
immediately.
Let him—next time
he examines your chest—
find your heart cold
flinty and unappetizing.

Refrain from kissing
lest he in revenge
dampen the spark
in your soul.

Now,
sail away to Africa
where holy women
await you
on the shore—
long having practiced the art
of replacing hearts
with God and Song.

Alice Walker

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florafloraflora
Apr. 9th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Wow. That just says it all, now doesn't it.
yokospungeon
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
That is an awesome poem.

I don't often remark on the poetry month poem postings, but this one grabbed me.

Brilliant.
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