Eating Heart
Cami Park

Rare is best. Let it
hit fire, and it becomes tough,
ill-intentioned.

A still-beating heart
imparts an unrealistic optimism. Its
flavor will be strong, of blood
and salt.

The heart that lies like a stone
in your hand should not be used
for cooking—

Bury it in the farthest corner
of the yard. Place over it a large rock,
to protect the animals.

When you awaken with a pain
in your breast, you know your heart
is almost done. Serve with rosemary,
for remembrance.
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Cami Park has big dreams involving paper. Her work can be found in places like Quick Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Abjective, and elimae. She keeps a blog called Mungo at http://oddcitrus.wordpress.com.