i imagine it is something like
what a heart patient must feel -
ribs cracked apart, sewn shut
around a chamber
to fit the hands that molded it.
a chest must gape far
all of what you left in me.
so i walk through the room with
the peculiar feeling of a weight
the space beneath the
breastbone hollowed. scooped out,
sanitized and clean
for its occupant.
there is little that remains.
now i hold my chest high to hide
the fragile nature of its incurved bones
the ribs that fractured beneath
your hands, on the coldest night
of winter. the ache
of a cavity in a tooth.
i bite down harder in hopes
the pain might dissolve
into the sudden rush of fire.