April 21, 2009

NaPoWriMo Day 21

"Now it begins, now we start
One hand, one heart" -- West Side Story

Except, apparently,
Maria was too busy dreaming
of love to pay attention
to arithmetic.
And Tony, though reformed -
well, we know a bit of
his history, do we actually
think he went to math class?

What happens to the second heart?
Does it simply atrophy and fade
beneath the strength of the first one?
Or are they fused together
so the organ doubles, beats
oversized? In which rib cage
does it reside? Will the frame
increase in capacity to accommodate?

And which person loses the hand?
Or do they meld, so that the lovers can no longer
separate? How fast will resentment spread
through the bodies -
an aftershock of the death
of autonomy.

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