Where the Heart Goes to Die

Where The Heart Goes To Die

Candlelight vigils didn’t revive her
from the felling darkness
cornering all her future selves
she didn’t know the fine print

of petitions that buzzed
on networked feeds
as those men held down
an instinct for life

the debates on air
were lost to her mind
released, when they shred
raiments of dignity’s child

changing the laws
didn’t convert the ribbons
made in her intestines
back, life sentences in the courtroom

didn’t compare with hers
when we found steel
rusting in her exhausted
body cold.

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