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Women Like You (model poem of same name, by Michael Ondaatje)

by Julie Adams

they do not sit
these ladies of the island
do not give us
a moment of rest

Carnival is alive in them, in you

they dance with all
take the hard
rum as lover.
Women like you
make men eager as puppies

who came here
out of the beach land
climbed this city
to adore the pulse
and with the energy of the air
behind them

stirred a rhythm
whose motive was perfect release

wanting these curves of women
to wander and coil
round me


Author's Note: Modeled after Michael Ondaatje's poem (see his autobio: Running With the Family)

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

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Madeline Pestolesi on 09/06/03 at 02:59 AM

I really like this.

Posted by Michael Faraday on 07/20/06 at 06:49 PM

well done! :) cheers, m

Posted by Rachelle Howe on 08/10/12 at 10:42 PM

Well done! The first stanza packs a particular imagery punch.

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