February 17, 2005

Feminine Advice

(after 'Seventeen Warnings in Search of a Feminist Poem')

"Beware of the man who . . ." - Erica Jong

Beware of the man on the way down
who knows he is on the way down;

when his quiet desperation
grows in volume till it fills his ears
he will grope for your love
like an addict in the dark
gropes through a medicine cabinet,
finding nothing to stop the tremors,
but smashing all he comes across.

You will have to clean the mess.

Beware of the man who is damaged;
he will want to break you down for parts
to mend himself with.

Beware of the man who warns you about himself;
he is only being honest.


Fall 2004.

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