Without my heart the world seems very quiet, hushed, like when a storm knocks the electricity out. I hadn’t realized how loud it had been, the steady beating, the rush of blood in my ears, until it was gone.
Michelle Lawrence is earning her Master’s degree in fiction at Miami University, where she also teaches composition. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have been featured in Illuminati: A Journal of the Arts. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.