“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.

–Rachel Loden

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