Multiverse of the Heart

Evlin DuBose

Artwork: Atsaya Gabiryalpillai | @_atsaya_

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In an ideal world, it’s night.

The sky’s blue, and jeweled with stars.

We sit beneath the gold porch light, 

moths dancing like embers. 

I ask. 

And you—

you look up at me, 

tug the thread between

our hearts, and say,

“I do.”

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In another world, it’s day.

Sky swept clear by wind, and the sun 

feels warm on icy skin. Alone

on a bank, and across the river

I see you looking back, 

holding our heart-thread

and scissors.

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But in this world, we’re between,

this fevered magic hour

when we cradle our hearts

and sew them together

with nothing 

but thread and the thrill 

this might last 

forever.