Facts about Snakes & Hearts, a 2015 poetry chapbook by Flower Conroy

Heart Impaled

Think tarot card (seven of swords
predicting the future perfect) or drowsy long-throated birds
(swans or loons or flamingos) dropped from the sky
into a poppy field because that is
what the mind engrossed in dream craves.

The blinding simultaneous suns I take
upon my tongue, word & body. Wholly
swallow. What is at stake? I am the reduction
of when they tuck away their stem, their snakelike necks.
How they seem tufts stuck to a gash,

dusk-bludgeoned clouds, the opposite
of bloodsmatter on newly welt
snow. Seed, pulse, measure. The beating, after-
wards (meaning, its silence). Salt & rose-
mary rubbed, the heart spit-

through, roasts over a firepit camouflaged within
the gauzy woods where I craft you. Hunter.
Woodsman. Quick lick of claret, fingertip to lip.
Sunshine & asylum, citronella & rotting adz split wood.
And if I cannot wake? Erasure.


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