“Variations On A Theme By Woody Allen” by Rachel Loden
December 31, 2006
Variations On A Theme By Woody Allen
The heart wants what it wants.
–as quoted in Time.
The heart gets what it gets. Notwithstanding
all the mornings, waking with a yen
for nectar and ambrosia, a wedding bower
flush with all the pleasures of imaginable
heaven. No midnight pickle run
relieves the fitful hunger of the gravid
man, whose heart wants what it wants. Nor can
devotion, mined from the years
of daily pressure like some gem, indemnify
against the sudden Stepford husband
ralphing on a yellowed covenant. To wit:
there is no logic to these things. And yet
the icepick idles in the drawer, strings skitter
and careen, a frenzy takes the ardent
moviegoer: oh sweet cakes, meatloaf, dear…
The heart’s a mouth, and fuck its reasons.