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Masochist

by Trisha De Gracia

How many ways
can one man colour
a uterus black
before he forgets
his own mother?

Sheds his own skin
cracks out of a cold
and leathery egg
and slithers away
through the grass?


Or was it the mother
in a shallow nest
that packaged him up
and dropped him out
like a crate?

How many ways
can one man have
contempt for a mistress,
take pains
to swallow the sun?


There is nothing in him
There is nothing in him
that scares me.

11/17/2007

Posted on 11/18/2007
Copyright © 2023 Trisha De Gracia

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Coleman Demiurge on 11/18/07 at 08:37 AM

You definitely know how to open a poem, that's for sure. Amazing opening lines to be sure, and the rest of the poem more than lives up to them. Actually the forth stanza is my favorite with the lines:- "take pains to swallow the sun?". Not sure why exactly, but that part really came out to me. Anyway, a superb piece all a round; excellent work. Fitting title too - Always better to receive than to give... Or something like that.

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