Faith in Our Fathers
And yet, was Agamemnon an innocent,
for his freedom?
And yet, is Clytemnestra unredeemed,
as abandoned as Penelope
but not as strong?
And even as Orestes and Telemachius
defended the memory of their fathers,would they have welcomed them back?
From a longer piece entitled "Instead of Epistles"
Some girls thoughÂ…
Oh, I envy you.
Cleo, where on earth did you learn to play the game?
You played the players back with the hand you were given plus a few from under the table.
And when your bluff was called, you folded with good grace, and still on your terms.
Lizzie, I don't know how this lonely, little girl who could have, should have had such issues
Beat them all, like she beat the fever--scarlet queen--a scarlet theme.
How did you manage to stay unmarried and uncaged--it sat so poorly on your mother's head
Oh, Ladies, I want to know, did you ever doubt? Did you ever believe?
Were you cold, and sore, from whalebones, and knitting needles, jewels, and children.
What made you human? What made you stop? What made you go on?
Helen, and you other pretty girls I do not envy you, not even for your beauty.
It bore much too high a cost. Pretty girls, even in fiction, Tess, for instance
Especially if standing poor, were like the best fruit, waiting to be seized.