Speaking to Boys of Broken Hearts by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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Speaking to Boys of Broken Hearts


It will take years but one night you will write

to him about your broken heart — though just

mechanics, the aortic valve not tight

enough to fight the flood of blood it must

so somethings that shouldn’t easily get

inside.  It’s why you grow tired — so tired

you thought you had diabetes, secret

fear, an entire year, candy, you desired,

was one more thing you were going to lose.

But it’s not lollipops nor buttercups

before bed.  Valve, the echocardiogram said.

You use it more.  Your heart works harder — to keep up

than other people, doctor’s words — he’ll say,

the boy, knew all this long before today.


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of sixteen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket forthcoming from Roaring Junior Press.  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com