Commonplace #5

What Those Women Knew

To remember those feelings is to create them,

to invite them to enter the body and to narrate

their materiality, to image them to silent music

no one can hear unless risking the roar

that lies at the heart of silence, George Eliot’s

revelation and Jane Austen’s deliberate phrase,

“the beast of mind.” What did those women

know that is that monster under the bed,

fierce eyes in the closet, motion in the dark hall

wavering in the moonlight? The last feeling

one may have is mixed fear and anger,

and even impossible realizations of other

worlds to come, promised and so trusted.

They knew the beast of the earth is love.

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More from Gordon Osing:

May Day – Poems

Love in the Ruins – Poems

Lovers: A Homily – Poems

Body Language – Poems

Things That Never Happened – Stories in Verse

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