Joanna Gilman Hyde

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Category: feminism

A Place for Marriage

There is a place for Marriage

in amongst the confessions

of many — The Vow

and if You break it

You’re in trouble.

 

My First Vow was “until Death”

and The Death was My Mother’s —

My Second

I don’t remember voicing

and the wedding itself

was an abomination.

 

I Had A Dream

I had a dream

of a house, my house

on an island

with a row of carrots

planted by the back

and the Eastern Sun

out front

and a man I could call

my   own — well

he says he’s not in my life

he will not leave his wife

and so must I salvage

my second marriage

in some capacity

or should I, could I

be Independent?

Remake

Husband turned Me down

for the holiday weekend —

My Bed is for Me

DICHOTOMY

Eye bought Silver Satin Sheets

for The Man Eye Cannot Have

but made My Bed with old

brown flannel bottom

and holy cream top

for The Man Who Is My  Husband

48-hour Sculpture

Eye have withdrawn Knife

from the centre of Black Rose:

slow-mo pulsation

The SHLONG SPEAKS:

Dr Blair, on the night of August 14, 1999

Eye made you sign a contract for sex.

Eye would like to renew that contract,

update it by 19 years to include

hotel, food, gas, all extraneous expenses

+ $500.00 upfront per 24 hour period

of My Companionship.

Is this too much to ask for the continuation

of what was a marriage based

solely on sexuality?

Going To Waste

Audacious Husband

refuses to pay for sex

after eighteen years

Mother’s Day

Eye have inserted

My 2nd Best Kitchen Knife

inside the depths of Rose

Humbled By A House?

If I had been housed

in a glass dome

on the beach

Yes, I would have thrown stones

at  My Captor —

I am now released, almost

in My Own Home

as congested as it is

with art on the walls

floor to ceiling

lining Me with protection

that I may reclaim

My True Self

 

And Eye Have Maria

How Do You Get To Be Anything

Without Being A Wanna-be?

NOTE:  Eye am already

everything I have ever

wanted to Be —

except a helicopter pilot —

not YET