Earthworm Second HeartThe day we met, I bore a second heart.Earthworm Second Heart3 days ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
The day we kissed, this second heart
(exposed to all your gentleness)
swelled up against the first,
and caused the first heart to explode.
In a burst of earthworms wriggling through dirt.
We kept kissing- the dirt and the worms spread naturally
to my corners as your presence in my body continued
I then began to bulge
in awkward places.
The night you brought your hands into my chest
a blue October night
you asked me
what's the cause of this ballooning flesh?
"Cancer," I said.
That's when the dirt got in.
When I buried my throat in the soil
and dishonored the medical miracle
of growing two hearts--
as if I couldn't keep up with their tempo
as if I didn't love the extra breath
as if I didn't know
that my first heart had
seen some shit--
train-track stained and cheese grated
from years of sleeping with the perforated
edges too young or too asleep
to keep me soft.
As if I didn't know my first heart was worthy,
was fucking invincible,