Sally Bliumis-Dunn


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
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.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
“Heart” is from Talking Underwater (Wind Publications, 2007).