Monday, April 14, 2008

My Husband's Closet

Hi readers! The semester has been a doozy, but it's coming to an end, yes? I hope everyone is hanging in there, no matter what job you have. I'm on this domestic violence kick, given that my only joy these days is locking myself in my office and reading Hedda Nussbaum's memoir (Surviving Intimate Terrorism) about her days with old Joel Steinberg. This poem first appeared in Taproot.

My Husband’s Closet

Looking for what I could not imagine,
I found a dildo in my husband’s closet,
its harsh reality making me forget
what I came for. Is there a saint
to make you not know something? I asked
my newly converted friend on the phone,
after telling my story. No, she said, but
Jack Daniels will do. God loves us
in many different ways. I’m sure there
will be more, the Internet porn bills I’ll
find, that I will lose myself to his secrets
before I can stop. I once heard a man
at a party say, All men want to fuck
a woman who looks like a little girl. I looked
down at my glass of red wine, almost
empty and went back for more even though
I knew I would be sick in the morning.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible." Theodore Roethke

Cocktail Hour
Drinking music suggestion: Listen to The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" over and over again. If this doesn't make you drink, I don't know what will.

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Monday1!


Tim said...

A sad poem, Michelle, but probably one that many women can relate to.

Hoping your semester goes by quickly! :)

Anonymous said...

Monday, Monday, can't trust that day.--The Mamas and the Papas

the walking man said...

Friday on my mind...The Cure.

Continue on your domestic violence streak Michelle, it is going to become even more common as times get tougher on a generation that does not really know how to get by without electricity, food (eat the squirrels first) and transportation. awareness is never a preventative but it sure goes a hell of a lot further than not knowing that a slap turns to a whole list of betrayals.

Warnings: If not now? When?



look for a monkey in few days eh?

Charles Gramlich said...

Not all men. I don't even think most men.

Lana Gramlich said...

If you can take it, the horrifically eye-opening report by the APA on the sexualization of children is here. Why people haven't gotten up in arms is beyond me. :(

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'm not mad and I'm still married. Imagine that. Some closets aren't worth opening. Peace.