Human beings are stretched too thin
She reaches for the book on the top shelf
her hands and her pride held high above her head
Sweet surrender Don’t shoot Don’t shoot
The sternum makes a loud, decisive “pop.”
A release of air, and her arms fall
Is this where the threads holding it all together finally snap?
where the aorta prominently leans to the left
in the broken heart emoji
Like an iceberg that exits from Antarctica,
A break. There is a family of penguins on the mainland
warm, bellies full of food, together.
There is the lone penguin hitching a ride on the drifting iceberg
waving its wing as the current moves it out to sea
except it’s not a cartoon and you are the penguin.
Where does it hurt, and why?
Here, she taps her chest- and I don’t know.
Plant the flag on the left side
Of the broken heart emoji
There is a lone penguin on an iceberg
holding the flag, shooting up the flares
Nodding, this right here is the spot
the rescue mission is looking for
where the heart still beats