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By Sharan Strange

Creation by means of Sonia Sanchez Winner of the 2000 Barnard New lady Poets Prize

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The red cape wriggles like a tongue goading a loose tooth. It trembles like a question, a private joy, a vivid host absorbing desire. Seduction is a dance the children already know and each move here glitters like a promise. Anticipation is a hollow egg balanced on a sword tip. How is the brute to know life’s made for this? No matter, matador. A thirst for death looms in us all. Show him red; show the bull what’s to come. 35 Last Supper I’ve seen hogs herded for slaughter. Penned on the truck, they whine like saws biting into reluctant trees.

A man who had prospered, made many children, and, with only the customary dalliances, honored one wife. Now, in her declining years, the old anger returns and she cannot mourn. Since her last husband, the boy has become an obsession, filling her dreams, eclipsing memories of both late husbands. They had been good men, kind, and she had found comfort with each, though no passion. But she thinks only of the boy, though with each rankling thought of him, her heart squeezes with resentment. This boy had been manly—that old cliche´—graceful and spirited.

40 The Widow At eighty, the mind locks on some things like a trap. In her secretest heart she hasn’t given him up—a boy who in manhood must have grown more beautiful than when they had been lovers, in youth. A man who had prospered, made many children, and, with only the customary dalliances, honored one wife. Now, in her declining years, the old anger returns and she cannot mourn. Since her last husband, the boy has become an obsession, filling her dreams, eclipsing memories of both late husbands.

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