Made up of two halves,
the heart is divided by the septum.
Where did the rift between us occur?
Left subclavian artery or aortic arch?
Perhaps the right atrium, always pulsing,
pumping out those feelings.
Or was it the oh so superior vena cava?
Most likely the inferior.
My inferior vena cava has always felt, well, inferior.
After all our history, your footprints
were all over my pericardium.
How could they not be
after confessing every heartbreak
every fear, every shameful secret?
And each triumph
when shared with you
When you abandoned me
my left common carotid artery
I was half a person
with half a heart.
I blame the septum.
Always divisive, controlling
what comes in and what goes out.
Published in Soul of the Narrator Anthology Vol. III, Fall 2012
Hi Britt! Thank you for checking out my blog. I love your photos.
Love the poem and the beautiful art that accompanies it. Perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any other!
Thanks, Jan! Your writing group has been so inspiring. I’m eternally grateful.
Incredible poem and artwork! Wow! You are amazing.
Hi Julie, That’s a huge compliment coming from one of my favorite poets ever.
What a great digital picture! Awesome. Thank you for sharing! I hope your heart heals soon!
Thank you! Yes, my heart’s all healed. 🙂
I love this! I know how great of a writer you are and always have been, but seeing your name on Freshly Pressed make me so happy!! Congrats!!! You deserve it!
Thank you! Your blog is what inspired me to do my own. 🙂
This is so beautiful wow…..THis is the true nature of our new Experimental film thats coming out soon…..AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Talk about going straight for the jugular! This poem had me depolarized all the way through!! 🙂
You have made even a purely clinical treatment of romance sound so poignant! Kudos to that!
Neat poem about it!
Very creative and symbolic.
Beautiful, thoughtful, original and thought-provoking. Thank you.
I love this poem and congratulations having it published!
Stabbingly direct poem. Beautiful art.
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! I’m glad they led me to your site.
Thank you! And your comment led me to your site. I’ll be visiting often.
I’d be delighted and honored to have you visit me:)
even through the medical bit, it screams the undetected wounds…lovely!!!
Poetically educational… and thank you
Both words & images are lush
I love the medical mixed with the emotional. Lovely.
beautiful. i loved the ‘oh so superior vena cava’ bit.
One of the better reflections on heartbreak! Very creative indeed.
Wonderful!!! Indeed rare, beautifully presented.
“When you abandoned me
my left common carotid artery
I was half a person
with half a heart”
Half indeed with half heart….
Hi April, Quite a compliment, coming from you!
Awesome digital stuff
What an incredible poem! Thank you for sharing!
What an interesting poem! I’m very picky with poetry – I rarely like things online (most rhyme, I don’t like rhyming poems!) but this is extremely well written. Great rhythm and I like that you have chosen to write about something as transcendental as love and used the language of science.
Beautiful, Linda! Kudos on both the evocative poem and mixed media art!
Hi Gordon, Thanks for commenting. Happy Haikuing. 🙂
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Loved this 🙂 Such a very visceral image of the emotions. This worked perfectly.
Thanks for liking my post…you write so well..keep blogging
Beautiful inspiring poem,Thank you for liking my ( about) l will follow your interesting weblog to read your new poems.Blessings.jalal
very well written and so many feels… good job
Loved the poem and the accompanying artwork!
nice one indeed,but too much biology:)
Very impressive and intensive!
Wow, I loved the use of medical/scientific jargon. This poem was so unlike any other love/heartbreak poem. I really enjoyed it. Congratulations on being freshly pressed!
This poem is such a powerful find for me. Thank you. In the midst of reading John Selby’s Quiet Your Mind and on page 137 he mentions Chinese Biologist May Wan Ho “Each heart is in essence the heart of the universe. Our individual heart is connected with whatever there is everywhere,” and yet we feel separated, disconnected. On a more astrological note the midpoint of my Sun/Moon has been translated by both Pluto and now Uranus, the mother planets of division and breakup. Really explosive shatterings if we are to be poetic about it. And yet somehow by some grace I am experiencing a ‘breakthrough’ instead. I will refer to your work more for inspiration as my own work blooms. Again… many thanks. Well done.
Beautiful………..nice usage of words !!
Great Poem. I work in the medical field and this is just wonderful.
absolutely amazing! 😀
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I am a cardiac surgery/stepdown nurse and I love the heart (just wrote a little bit about it in my last post). This is a wonderful poem!
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Thank you for this delightful journey into the mystery of the heart.
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Beautiful & unique–this poem is a fantastic read 🙂
Palpably excellent phraseology and metaphor. Love it. Very well done.
wonderful and quiet a thought
What a gift! Thank you.
~ whatta lovely poem. it is like reading a modern shakespeare! congrats on being FP! (-;
Lovely, inspiring poem. Now I’d like to make my own. Thank you for sharing! :=)
nice poem, really touching..
Wow so nyc. i lov it
Hey nicely written excellent use of metaphors:)
Have you ever heard of “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”? It’s a novel that was turned into a really poor made-for-tv-movie. One of the characters merges close up photography of anatomy etc. to make pictures of other things.
Your post reminded me of that. Beautiful. Good job.
Love,heart ,its wound,all the imagery really beautiful
I love the poem, so much. And as a person who has a very unusual heart (a congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels) (my aorta and pulmonary arteries are switched, but so are the ventricles) (so two wrongs make a right, with everything working well, albeit backwards), I REALLY appreciate the metaphor. Today is the first day (I started my blog on 1/1/13) where I am looking at “Freshly Pressed” here, and your poem was the first post I clicked on. And I’m so glad I did. Thank you for your talent and for sharing it here. — Ann
Thank you and good luck with your blog. I’ll be visiting!
Wonderful. I’m inspired.
Found you on freshly pressed… from London, UK – appreciate your words.
A fresh way to describe the heart.
That is insanely powerful.
Amazing poem, I feel like I’m right inside your heart with you and it’s lovely!
I’ve been a cardiac intensive nurse for many years, so naturally I was drawn to your poem. Such a refreshing read. Beautiful imagery.
I believe words can’t help me express how much I love this. Wow, I wish that one day my poetry game will be as hot as yours.
Beautiful words in so many ways…. I am new to the world of blogging, if you get a
chance would love some feedback. You might relate to this one called Heart “Beat” 🙂 http://wp.me/p39Wdr-N (following you now) 🙂
Hi! I did relate to your Heart “Beat” post. Wonderfully written and definitely heart “felt.” Thanks for commenting on my poem!
Thank YOU for taking a moment to read it. Thanks also for your kind words. 🙂 Have a wonderful day.
Posterior or interior, but my heart instantly felt connected with your views. Wonderful work !
amazing work 🙂