Brittany Hill

Exchange of Hearts

...but bitter, it has never been so sweet.
I tell them and they just don't understand
The way I feel for you...you're mine to keep.

And yes, our kind of love's no crazy feat:
You tend to do things that I cannot stand,
But bitter, it has never been so sweet.

I'll even take the bad. You lie; I cheat.
It's not like we have that gold wedding band.
The way I feel for you...you're mine to keep.

We play the field, and yet our hearts still meet
Same time, same place. We live on love's command.
But bitter, it has never been so sweet.

I love the taste of heartbreak. It's so neat,
Tied in a bow and swapped from hand to hand.
The way I feel for you...you're mine to keep.

Your heart belongs to me: no gift receipt.
I try to work my way through love's demand
...but bitter, it has never been so sweet.
The way I feel for you...you're mine to keep.


She hides her heartache with a touch of wine.
She drinks the red, not white, its hearty taste;
And tells the world, her friends, that she is fine,

But knows that her expression can't confine
The fact that she is dying: life's a waste.
She hides her heartache with a touch of wine,

It glosses over pain, makes her eyes shine
So brightly you can see her soul make haste
To tell the world, her friends, that she is fine.

But then she fights herself crosses the line;
Rebels against the womb; expanding waist.
She hides her heartache with a touch of wine,

Convinced the child inside her, "Isn't mine."
She prays and says her next life she'll live chaste;
She tells the world, her friends, that she'll be fine.

But now she'll have to wait these long months: nine--
The child inside her causing bitter taste.
She hides her heartache with a touch of wine,
And tells the world (herself) that she is fine.


Brittany Hill is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in English and is now pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Fairfield. She was an associate editor of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. She was also part of Fairfield University's "Poetry by Stealth" initiative, which was comprised of the best poets on Fairfield University's campus, and was also a judge for Poetry for Peace, a poetry competition for kindergarten through eighth grade students in Fairfield and Bridgeport. In Fairfield University's MFA program, she is the poetry co-editor for their online journal, Mason's Road, which launched its second issue in Spring 2011.


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