Other Hearts

— Jerry Dyer

“The world is
 not with us enough”

     — Denise Levertov, “O Taste and See”

I’ve decided to walk
on the ridge of hunger,
to see if the palette
will turn mystic,
when enough ribs show.

I won’t let my body
anymore bribe my soul.
What suffices? Start here:
Do other hearts need to stop beating,
for mine to pump blood into my lungs?
Is lambs’ meat flavored by the sun?
Can I taste brooding in the hen?

Hunger is heuristic.
Our bodies have thoughts, and cravings
will hollow us from within.
O taste and see! Water and bread
hold all the flavors of the world,
once imagination finds its tongue.

One thought on “Other Hearts

  1. Jerry, you Zen master, you mystic! This poem is on a whole different level–so obsessively ritualistic it is almost mystical and religious. And to think it’s all about hunger!

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