Human Heart, or Else

the animal harsh wild unforgiving
its ache an instinct a must-have-been-
real thing cannot deny its loud loudness
or hunger the wrong mouth in the right
place makes for a great story the right
mouth in the wrong place makes for
an even better one the wrong mouth
in the wrong place makes for only the
two of us suspended in an intolerable
narrative inside whose body we swim
gracelessly blind with suffering
but at least our hearts are held hands
held hours held in horribly fantastic
unhuman ways the speaking is not
easy but at least the dance is
entirely effortless

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Black and white photograph of Aditi in front of white background.

Black and white photograph of Aditi in front of white background.

ADITI NAGRATH is a poet, art therapist, and part-time monster based out of New Delhi, India. She believes that the only way out is through. All of her poems are dedicated to you.