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





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.