Glück, Louise

United States, (b.1943)

Circe’s Power

  1. I never turned anyone into a pig.
  2. Some people are pigs; I make them
  3. Look like pigs.
  4.  
  5. I’m sick of your world
  6. That lets the outside disguise the inside.
  7. Your men weren’t bad men;
  8. Undisciplined life
  9. Did that to them. As pigs,
  10.  
  11. Under the care of
  12. Me and my ladies, they
  13. Sweetened right up.
  14.  
  15. Then I reversed the spell, showing you my goodness
  16. As well as my power. I saw
  17.  
  18. We could be happy here,
  19. As men and women are
  20. When their needs are simple. In the same breath,
  21.  
  22. I foresaw your departure,
  23. Your men with my help braving
  24. The crying and pounding sea. You think
  25.  
  26. A few tears upset me? My friend,
  27. Every sorceress is
  28. A pragmatist at heart; nobody sees essence who can’t
  29. Face limitation. If I wanted only to hold you
  30.  
  31. I could hold you prisoner.

© Louise Glück. Meadowlands. Ecco Press, 1996.

About the Poet

Louise Glück (b.1943), US poet, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Wild Iris (1992), elected as Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets (1999), teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts. [DES-6/03]

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