Hypocrite Women


Hypocrite women, how seldom we speak
of our own doubts, while dubiously
we mother man in his doubt!

And if at Mill Valley perched in the trees
the sweet rain drifting through the western air
a white sweating bull of a poet told us

our cunts are ugly -- why didn't we
admit that we have thought so too? (And
what shame! They are not for the eye!)

No, they are dark and wrinkled and hairy,

caves of the Moon . . .             And when a
dark humming fills us, a

coldness towards life,
we are too much women to
own to such unwomanliness.

Whorishly with the psychopomp
we play and plead -- and say
nothing of this later.              And our dreams,

with what frivolity we have pared them
like toenails, clipped them like the ends of
split hair.

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O Taste and See


The world is
not with us enough.
O taste and see

the subway bible poster said,
meaning The Lord, meaning
if anything all that lives
to the imagination's tongue,

grief, mercy, language,
tangerine, weather, to
breath them, bite,
savor, chew, swallow, transform

into our flesh our
deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince,
living in the orchard and being

hungry, and plucking
the fruit.

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The Ache of Marriage


The ache of marriage:

thigh and tongue, beloved,
are heavy with it,
it throbs in the teeth

We look for communion
and are turned away, beloved,
each and each

It is leviathan and we
in its belly
looking for joy, some joy
not to be known outside it

two by two in the ark of
the ache of it.

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Celebration

Brilliant, this day a young virtuoso of a day.

Morning shadow cut by sharpest scissors,
deft hands. And every prodigy of green
whether it's ferns or lichens or needles
or impatient points of buds on spindly bushes
greener than ever before. And the way the conifers
hold new cones to the light for the blessing,
a festive right, and sing the oceanic chant the wind
transcribes for them!
A day that shines in the cold
like a first-prize brass band swinging along
the street
of a coal-dusty village, wholly at odds
with the claims of reasonable gloom.

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