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Poetry by Liz Holland

Tensile strength of a heart


four chambers in sync

beating - despite


scars chiseled

casualty of loves war


stitches dehisced

tissue splayed


by months

of whispered cuts


words sharp

carve a pounding


cardiac mass

beating – despite


another ending

wrenching


weeping bloody tears

wrung from a sweater


left behind.

The only muscle


capable of sound

palpitations soothing


honey bass

with treble


driving bones to move

beating – despite



Liz Holland is an MFA candidate at University of Baltimore where she lives with her pup Brax.  She is a career science nerd who loves to practice yoga and travel. @cottonswords (IG+Twitter)

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