Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Earthwoman and the Waterwoman By Denise Levertov




The earthwoman by her oven
          tends her cakes of good grain.
The waterwoman's children
are spindle thin.
                     The earthwoman
          has oaktree arms. Her children
full of blood and milk
          stamp through the woods shouting.
                    The waterwoman
          sings gay songs in a sad voice
                    with her moonshine children.
when the earthwoman
has had her fill of the good day
          she curls tom sleep in her warm hut
          a dark fruit cake sleep
but the waterwoman
                    goes dancing in the kisty lit-up town
          in dragonfly dresses and blue shoes.




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