Maria Vasquez Boyd

lock for her
Photo Credit: Milo Tobin

The charm of a heart
is that it appears to be heart-shaped.
But it’s not.

In fact
it resembles the shape of fists
that pummel locked doors

the shape of a mouth
that murmurs,
“No one loves me.”

Hopeless romantics
and children
release hearts
from folded paper
with scissors.

But the disappointment
of an imperfect heart
underlines an angry truth
that things never turn
out the way you want.


Maria Vasquez Boyd is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City Missouri where she continues to write and publish her work. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute where she returned to teach in the Design and Illustration Department. Boyd taught at the Nelson Atkins Museum, worked for Hallmark Cards, and served as gallery coordinator for KC galleries. She exhibits paintings and illustrations across the country including murals in Mexico. Boyd also serves as producer and host of special programming on KKFI 90.1 FM community radio. Email: mariatortilla86[at]hotmail.com

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