Gutter Magazine - The Pink Blackout
Neha Maqsood recalls a conversation with a cardiac patient as she reflects on the different elements of life which can make it a tragic one.
that falling, pink blur primed you
for the culminating dive into the light –
an unwarranted misbehaviour of
heart fluttering in misplaced symphony.
stumbling over refrain with
blue abyss of skies melting into the
cyanotic blues of hospital walls, surgical caps and your miscarried
denied the certainty of
a systole which refuses to delay its diastole.
your heart out
nail it to the scaffolding for the world
for you’ve danced in the operation theater &
have seen what the heart can do
the ways it can fail
from the snapping of ribs
to the clutter of an unborn child’s cribs
from the untimeliness of life
to the tardiness of beating.
tend to scars; discharge
yourself from life &
arrange skeletons in her closets.
they call it a broken heart
The original home for this piece of poetry can be found in Gutter Magazines 21's Print Issue -