Lyrical Somerville – February 13

On February 13, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Susan Tepper.

Susan Tepper.

Here is a poem that goes right to the heart by Susan Tepper, perfect for Valentine’s Day.


Determined to stop all feeling
we drive our hearts
deep into winter

as if they are the hearts
of vampires

And, we, the mighty
possessed of hammer & stake
have the right to banish
this crude interloper

this heart
done-up in scarlet, no less—

A fusion of veins and vessel of
dreams sweet and bitter
this heart

destined to follow its
natural course

dragging bewildered body
behind in its wake,
or simply sitting still
as a statue in the park.

Dare we sentence it
to wither
in dank chambers

HEARTS  was previously published in Susan Tepper’s poetry chapbook “Blue Edge” (Cervena Barva Press, 2006)


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5 Responses to “Lyrical Somerville – February 13”

  1. This is perfect indeed. I’m particularly fond of the image of the heart dragging a bewildered body along.

  2. Susan,

    I agree, perfectly constructed with wonderful images!

  3. Foster Trecost says:

    Very nice, Susan.

  4. Susan,

    This poem was just what I needed to read on this eve before Valentine’s Day. I particularly like the image of the heart as a cruel interloper.

  5. estelle bruno says:

    very sweet poem. I remember it from you book

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