Happy Saint Valentine's Day. Three Love Poems.
"Hagar's Last Night in Abraham's House"
By Itzik Manger
The story of Abraham, Sarah, her servant Hagar, and Abraham and Hagar's
son, Ishmael, told as if Hagar were a Polish servant girl in Abraham's house in
Hagar, the servant, sits in the
a smoking oil lamp spills
the shapes of shadowy cats and dogs
to flicker on the walls.
She weeps because her
"Beat it, you bitch," he told her;
"Can't you let me be?"
It was Sarah
who egged him on –
Saying, "Either get rid of the girl
or give me a divorce."
Hagar takes out her
she takes her green silk apron
and her blood-red beads of coral.
These were the
gifts he gave her
when they strolled the meadow
by the railroad right-of-way.
"How like the
smoke of a chimney,
how like the smoke of a train
is the love of a man, dear mother,
the love of any man."
God knows where we
shall run to,
myself and his bastard child,
unless in some alien kitchen
we are allowed to hide.
She takes the kitchen
she sweeps the kitchen floor,
under her blouse something still says
she loves him – and sweeps some more.
does the dishes,
and scours the copper pan.
"How like the smoke from a chimney
Is the love of any man."
When Nothing Remains
From An Introduction to Polish Literature
Jerzy Stzetelski, ed. UJ Press
One day I shall
seat you naked in splendor.
There will be dresses heavy as water.
There will be stockings with the scent of apples.
There will be head coverings, broad,
and there will be metal.
I want to see you naked
in a dark landscape
dense with bronzes, chandeliers, bowls
from which let a vanilla punch steam
into the sniffing nostrils of great Danes.
felt this urge when he painted Saskia
departing further and further into her death
as if he wanted to hold her with the weight of grapes
to clamp her down with the light of precious chandeliers.
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love poem by John Guzlowski.
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