Friday, November 2, 2012

Power ~ a poem for this shabbat

Adrienne Rich, a jewish lesbian poet

Power, by Adrienne Rich (1929 - March 27, 2012). Shabbat shalom, all!

Living in the earth-deposits of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end the source of
the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

She died a famous woman
her wounds
denying her wounds came from the same source as her power.

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