Broken Heart Emoji

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

 

 

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