“The Short History of Her Heart”

Pain from panic attacks. Heart attack. Angioplasty. A stent put in. A second angioplasty. Calcified. Crystallized. Shattered. Another heart attack. She was rushed by ambulance to the city, where they took it out, cleaned it out, stripped an artery from her leg and sewed it in.

Her father died. My father left her. Her mother died. And we all grew up and moved away.

For the irregular heartbeats they electrocuted her. When that didn’t work they implanted a pacemaker. She feels it at night. Shocking her back to life.

 

Mary Jones

About Mary Jones

Mary Jones holds an MFA from Bennington College. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Santa Monica Review, Meridian, Epiphany, Pif Magazine, New South, and elsewhere. She was selected as the 2011 prose fellow for The University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program, and her work was recently featured in an anthology from Carve. She lives in Los Angeles where she teaches at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension.