It has taken thirty-five years to be this confident
Eventually, love goes. The image. Then the thought.
I do not mean to depress you. Men have to hear
Women do not speak to men. They are overheard.
on one thigh, the body of the beloved will vanish.
Secret fiction, holy matrimony, longest short story
of the president’s business, let him say what he wants.
He should take a poetry workshop with Adrienne Rich.
|"The Language of Love", from Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 by Rodney Jones. Copyright © 2006 by Rodney Jones. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.|