Lucille Clifton. Lorena (1995)

Woman cuts off husband’s penis

later throws it from car window. – News Report

 

it lay in my palm soft and trembled

as new bird and i thought about

authority and how it always insisted

on itself, how it was master

of the man, how it measured him, never

was ignored or denied, and how it promised

there would be sweetness if it was obeyed

just like the saints do, like the angels

and i opened the window and held out my

uncupped hand; i swear to god

i thought it could fly



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