The Human Heart

Born in Wheeling, IL, Zach Donisch is currently a senior majoring in Creative Writing at DePauw University. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, reading, and composing music.
The human heart weighs less than a pound,
a chronic feeling of heaviness
and inertia. You must realize how true
this is. Every person you see is a true
story, they are true and they are true
always. But how do you get stories out of them?
When no one else has the heart
to impart bad news, the whole life depends
on guessing what it is that takes us off,
though most of us are committing suicide
by inches, slowly, smoldering indefinitely.
When we turn on the heat,
will the heart hold out?

SOURCE: “How to Analyze People on Sight” by Elsie Lincoln Benedict


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