"Feminine Ending" - Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
I think of Debra Winger carried off
the factory floor, muscle and brawn of desire,
workmates in catty backrooms, their hair
netted, one tsk-tsk's another, scoffs
at overbaked cookies, the treachery
of a mother painting her son's toenails pink.
Then think of the Spanish for hand, la mano, link
between macha article and fist, the very
grasp of it, bedrail moan, dramatic heart
monitors, anguish of what promises to end:
beast that burdens bladder, exhale knife
thrust and burn or barter your blood, start
the push! Again and again until the end
that never ends: mid and her suffix, wife.
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor is tonight's featured reader at Athens Word of Mouth. Her new book of poetry, Imperfect Tense, will be available at the Globe. [$15].