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Lacerated Heart

By Tiffany Leung

at gunpoint,
pAndeMoNium ensues;
stopper chimes, flames explode

a sickening crack
and stained bones rattle. 
a siren s  h  r  i  e  k s, and 

a hand at throat.
[ soundless ] lips.
trut-(LIES), you say.

melodious voice, shiny projectile
deeper cracked disj oin ted
twisted gunpowder

leeches suck
lungs-mangled breath

one ho  le, two ho  le  s
scarlet (liquid) pools the hands
punctured more and more until

spider-lilies bloom, petals of blood
and nothing left, but

a lacerated heart.

Tiffany Leung is a law student at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. Prior to law school, she specialized in English at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in Young Voices and The Bluestocking. Her poem, “Lacerated Heart,” pushes the boundaries of poetry as a medium for expressing emotions and experiences. Through both figurative language and typography, “Lacerated Heart” evokes the visceral feeling of betrayal that all of us can relate to at some point in our lives.

Photo credit: Matteo Kutufa on Unsplash

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