Human Condition: A Poem by Autumn Widdoes

By Autumn Widdoes

 

______________A leaky
_______________valve
____________a world
_______of blood______a muscle, a core
_____a weak heart______has many
____misgivings______________regret pools
_darkened__________________chambers
pulls and pushes____________to a world
a universe_____________beneath the skin
beating_____________________and beaten
what’s the shape______what’s the worth
_of a heart broken_______in pieces
____two halves_______or many
_________electrified impulses
____________a fragile rhythm
_________________a memory
____________________mass

Autumn Widdoes is a poet, playwright, and theater/video artist. Her poetry has been published by Magma and is forthcoming in White Stag.  She is a member of TASK 沖縄, a performance collective based in Okinawa, Japan. For many years, she lived on remote, isolated islands in what was once the Ryukyu Kingdom, but now lives in the Mojave Desert where she is currently studying Creative Writing at UNLV. www.autumnwiddoes.com

Cover photograph by David Nilsen, 2013.

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