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The Woolf and the Virgin

by Julie Adams

Shakespeare made
no room
for a sister

she made one
of her own
decorated it

with ink
words, reflection
v o i c e s

though he appears
the tragic king,
her final hour

drowns his woe
in the river
of her discontent

lapping at the river
bed, not her fears
our tears

she leaves rocks
in the pockets
of our memory


Author's Note: Inspired by readings of Virginia Woolf, esp. A Room of One's Own

Posted on 04/20/2003
Copyright © 2021 Julie Adams

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Delilah Coyne on 03/24/06 at 06:18 PM

This piece is tragically beautiful. I especially like "drowns his woe/ in the river/ of her discontent" - it's meaningful in a direct way, as well as a figurative way. It's a very effective phrase.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/23/06 at 06:34 PM

Interesting combination of two literary giants. Olé!

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