Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Valediction

English: Art cover for John Donne's divine poems
In A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,
John Donne uses a compass
to represent his love for his wife.
She might have wished for a different metaphor,
like maybe a thick locked door,
or even a different life.
Twelve children in sixteen years did her in
just as surely as a gun or club or knife.

So that’s what happened to the wife.

© Julianne Carlile

1 comment:

  1. This poem was published in the April, 2015 issue of Quill and Parchment.

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