Because it is my Heart

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads’ Because It Is My Heart ~ Micro Poetry


Because it is my heart

It does not drip blood;

Instead, a muddle of words

Drops into a puddle of mud

And, because it is my heart,

Not listening to my head,

My hands create a homunculus

To prove my heart is not dead:

A muddy muddle of a poem

In no more than ten lines.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Alchemical illustration of a Homunculus in a vial found on

The object of this challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines (but we may write in fewer than 10 lines all the way down to a single American sentence), in our own form or free verse, using as a frame of reference the phrase ‘because it is my heart’ taken Crane’s poetic work entitled, The Black Riders and Other Lines

15 thoughts on “Because it is my Heart

  1. I like how you used the entire reference phrase within the poem, and the images of dripping & puddles coming from the heart itself. Also, anything with alchemy in it is s bit of fun (though this has a sad tone too). 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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