Leached Hearts

          Listen to their fricking ticking hearts
          Hammering on like a halfboiled frog’s
          Limp lifedrained leg-muscle that jogs
          Hurling in panic upon the lid

          Listen to their ripping dripping hearts
          Hastening on like a well-trained dog’s
          Limp onebrained leg-muscle that jogs
          Hopping only to do as is bid

          Listen to their slaving caving hearts
          Heaping up gold to make me El Cid

Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Studying life, languages and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her.