The heart is not an empty vessel

This month, we want to hear from you! Take a look at the prompt below. It comes to us courtesy of Poets & Writers. Here is Mindy’s offering. Why don’t you give it a try and send us what you write? We’d love a chance to consider it as a feature poem during the month of June.


The heart is not an empty vessel

Rivers of blood
gush and pump
through the heart.

clench and eject.

DNA whirrs
through the branches,

I the sum total
of a body of solitaries
blazing DNA,

tough-ass women:

the NASA engineer Edna
who crocheted
a moon landing,

the war-torn fashionista Senta,
German refugee,

the tavern-owning poetess Mickey
purveyor of the Cricket in Times Square,

her prolific mother Leila
dead at thirty-three
after birthing five children.

Unfertilized egg self
how tiny you were
nestled in the ovary
of Senta Dye
who brought forth
Biancamaria Senta
who brought forth

the happenstance
of a single person
zapped into existence:

a single sperm
from the son
of a single mom

from the fleeting life
of Leila

joining with the egg
of the first daughter
of the refugee Senta

surviving Nazis,
surviving childbirth,

and creating


© 2018 Mindy Goorchenko All rights reserved. Here is a link to my published poetry collection, The Latent Talent of Conception. Thank you for your support!

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