arrives early for the date to tell him she's late he watches her bio clock balk on seepy time petals out of rhythm docked for trick crimes flunked the pregnancy test mistimed space probe, she aborted legally blind justice, she miscarried scorched and salted earth, she's barren when Aunt Haggie's chirren throws an all original ball the souls ain't got a stray word for the woman who's wayward dead to the world let earth receive her piece let every dark room repair her heart let nature and heaven give her release
From Muse & Drudge, page 39, by Harryette Mullen, published by Singing Horse Press. Copyright © 1995 by Harryette Mullen. Used by permission. All rights reserved.