Poetry blogging: “we will all call ourselves grand, muscley names”

 

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Judy Grahn

My Name Is Judith

My name is Judith, meaning
She Who Is Praised
I do not want to be called praised
I want to be called The Power of Love.

if Love means protect then whenever I do not
defend you
I cannot call my name Love.
if Love means rebirth then when I see us
dead on our feet
I cannot call my name Love.
if Love means provide & I cannot
provide for you
why would you call my name Love?

do not mistake my breasts
for mounds of potatoes
or my belly for a great roast duck.
do not take my lips for a streak of luck
nor my neck for an appletree,
do not believe my eyes are a warm swarm of bees;
do not get Love mixed up with me.

Don’t misunderstand my hands
for a church with a steeple,
open the fingers & out come the people;
nor take my feet to be acres of solid brown earth,
or anything else of infinite worth
to you, my brawny turtledove;
do not get me mixed up with Love.

not until we have ground we call our own
to stand on
& weapons of our own in hand
& some kind of friends around us
will anyone ever call our name Love,
& then when we do we will all call ourselves
grand, muscley names:
the Protection of Love,
the Provision of Love & the
Power of Love.
until then, my sweethearts,
let us speak simply of
romance, which is so much
easier and so much less
than any of us deserve.

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2 Responses

  1. I think I love that poem. it makes me resent the concept of love and simultaneously not see it in a cavlier fashion.

  2. Judy Grahn is one of my favorite poets ever:

    ” Yes I have committed
    acts of indecency with women and most of them were
    acts of omission.

    I regret them bitterly.”

    I would die happy if I’d written that.

    Besides, which, for YOU, she should have relevance: the woman edits a journal on Menstruation and Culture, honey! http://www.metaformia.com/

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