The strings are cut, my nails are trimmed
and every day my hair grows inch by inch.
The red balloons drifted through the
April clouds, pulsed with the atmosphere
and popped before an unfamiliar God could
push them back down to Earth, to my arms.
Each fire engine siren grabs my still protruding belly,
screams into my ears like I screamed
on the bathroom floor as the tile
bloomed scarlet beneath me. I run.
To feed the demons, to shush them and
to obliterate the remaining fat that
grew with the early springtime bud.
One more mile. One more sprint.
One more inch to pull myself through
until my heart stops breaking.