Love Poem From Heart To Belly by Katherine McMahon

Love Poem From Heart To Belly by Katherine McMahon was first published in Gutter 14 as part of our Spoken Word Issue. You can read a blog by the author about the poem here. And you can listen to it here:

Love Poem from Heart to Belly

You are so round! You are the softest
shape, you holder of senses. Did you know
that you have more neurons than a cat’s brain?
You don’t need to be so down on yourself,
you’re a smart cookie, a clever sausage,
the tastiest pie in the oven.
Your stretch marks? I think they look like currents
in the sea on a calm day. Currents are essential
to the ecosystem, did you know that?
David Attenborough explained it to me –
it’s all about the micro-organisms. You stir up
feelings like plankton
for me to feast on, my whale mouth eager,
turning them into strong muscles, into leaps
and tail fins. Scientists are always speculating
about whales’ breaches, did you know that?
Like joy isn’t a good enough explanation.
It’s good enough for me.
You make me sing.