Ksenija Simic-Muller

Build God then we'll talk

  1. To give away:
  2. small white cardboard boxes, unmarked
  3. what is yours to give
  4. unwrapped in promises of holidays and Christmases
  5. a heart inside every one:
  6. of feather, of velvet of almost-flesh
  7. to enable multiple emotions, most unnamable,
  8. and unhindered flow of confusion;
  9. who wouldn't benefit from a spare heart?
  10. Though a heart may be used as a bandage
  11. it works best if you swallow it
  12. if you cut a slit through the chest bone
  13. with a saw,
  14. minute precision
  15. shove it in
  16. swallow
  17. then let it rock you when it is cold: back and forth, back and forth
  18. and from sawdust and rags make dolls that long for a heart
  19. as if that is something to be desired
Ksenija Simic-Muller once lived in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, where she published a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. She now spends most of her time being an educator focusing on social justice mathematics. She is not related to Charles Simic.