I am not a nurse,
and I only listened
to the parts in my biology
class that made sense.
animal behavior, a professor
of thicket tongue ties wore brash-like
outfits spoke of our insides like roses,
its vines strong, its horns, there.
There is a heart in my body
that is quiet in the winter months
when the stoves burn in the room.
I know you are not a doctor,
but my left side has been hurting, right above my hip, following the north star direction of my belly button.
Your hands were always warmer than mine.
[image: I wish you were here by Alexandra Eldridge]