House of the Tomato

If a woman wants to be a poet, she must dwell in the house of the tomato. -- Erica Jong

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Mother

Mother

Matrem

 

When a woman perceives                      the body

 

of her newborn daughter,                     she is one

 

with the                                                          sensation

 

and the having sense;                              that is,

 

exhausted                                                     but convinced

 

she is articulated                                        by the continuance

 

of her tiny precept.

 

 

 

When a woman perceives                      the body

 

of her newborn daughter,                     she is the interpreter

 

of neural events;                                        moreover,

 

she anticipates                                            the closure of her

 

loving arms                                                   around the sweet

 

configuration,                                             of which there can be

 

no translation.

 

 

 

When a woman perceives                      the body

 

of her newborn daughter,                     their fates

 

are linked;                                                       in particular,

 

her daughter’s image                               quakes her

 

retinal eye                                                     with the

 

keeping up.

 

 

 

Her daughter                                               will stand out

 

from her camouflage.

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