Friday Poetry Series Presents: Adrienne Rich

IX

From the collection “Twenty-One Love Poems” (1978)

by Adrienne Rich

Your silence today is a pond where drowned things live
I want to see raised dripping and brought into the sun.
It’s not my own face I see there, but other faces,
even your face at another age.
Whatever’s lost there is needed by both of us –
a watch of old gold, a water-blurred fever chart,
a key…Even the silt and pebbles of the bottom
deserve their glint of recognition. I fear this silence,
this inarticulate life. I’m waiting
for a wind that will gently open this sheeted water
for once and show me what I can do
for you, who have often made the unnameable
nameable for others, even for me.


Adrienne Rich is an American poet, activist, feminist, essayist, and teacher.

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One Response to Friday Poetry Series Presents: Adrienne Rich

  1. sivanpoetry says:

    A great choice Lezlie!

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