My God Why Are You Crying?
Molly Peacock, Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 (New York: W. W. Norton, 2002): 135.
1When someone cries, after making love spills
2a pail of tears inside, it is the ache
3of years, all the early years' emptiness
4hollowed into a pail-like form which fills
5with feeling now felt aloud, that resounds.
6Why would an orgasm make someone weep?
7Why, for being loved now when one had not been.
8The anger tendered into tears astounds
9the lover with fear to have struck so deep.
Take Heart (1989)
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