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