Two poems by Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

I Have Grown Two Hearts

I have given over half of myself,

Cells, seemingly endlessly divisible
splitting and coalescing to grow two hearts,
two ribcages,
fingers and toes, eyelashes and curls.

My thoughts have taken my blood and bones,
spun them into life,
tucked them in,
snug under my sternum.
Two perfect imaginations – kicking as they dream.


Love notes

Running through the long grass the
seeds sending love notes
of themselves, clinging between
the folds of my trousers these
love note stowaways – tucked in awaiting their chance
to leap – triumphantly – into the petals of another.
We run in silence
listening to our own heartbeats, hear
the way the blood beats loud
as we change pace, running to the changing beat
of the bird song.

Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe is a Poet and Mum from Dukinfield. She has an MA in Poetry from Bath Spa University. Her work has appeared in Magma, Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Picaroon and The Black Light Engine Room and forthcoming in Riggwelter. Twitter: @ZSHowarthLowe

Our JustGiving page is open for donations to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund – no amount is too small if you feel moved to support.

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