Annals of Love 5: The Oozing Heart

 

Heart, 2014

Sally Bliumis-Dunn, American

 

She has painted her lips

hibiscus pink.

The upper lip dips

perfectly in the center

 

like a Valentine heart.

It makes sense to me—

that the lips, the open

 

 

 

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Marilyn, 1967, screenprint.  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

 

 

ah of the mouth

is shaped more like a heart

than the actual human heart.

I remember the first time I saw it—

 

veined and shiny

as the ooze of a snail—

if this were what

we had been taught to draw

 

how differently we might have

learned to love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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