OCTOBER 14, 2022


shake it out

i used both hands

ripped open my chest

separating rib from cage

free bird my heart once i

pull it out

right hand strong

left beating between fingers

i toss it to the side

i grew a new one

i ate it

swallowed it whole

let it blossom inside

This poem originally appears on p. 107, in Nicks' collection, honey on a razor's edge. Available here.

missy nicks is a poet and artist based in Ontario, Canada. Her powerful poetry and prose collection, honey on a razor's edge, poems from a human life is available worldwide on Amazon. @missyxnicks on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. Her original art is available for download on Etsy at "PrintsByMissyNicks".