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Lilith
I.

Yeast and flour,
sweat beaded brow,
woman fired
into something good
for mouth and belly.
II.

I can,
when I must,
feed myself.

This offends some.
Seduces others.

It can't be helped.

III.
Good meat and bread
call menfolk home
for simple supper.

Lilith calls the same
farther
for what comes after.

I come from bitter herb
and unleavened bread,
Sister of clay. Not of rib.

It can't be helped.

IV.

Clay, fired,
an ashtray I made
in seventh grade
sits on the table
beside grandfather's chair.

It waits for his ash,
but he has passed.

V.

What we love, dies.
A deeper secret:
What we love kills us.

I am equal parts
flour and water,
clay and cancer.

It can't be helped.

F. Stuart
2006


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The following comments are for "Lilith"
by feithline

Lilith
this is unutterably brilliant. has a winning emotional frankness to it, but there's also something reflective and speculative about the tone. so many strands interwoven spectacularly. singularly skillful piece. I could go on but I'd be here all day. thanks so much for posting this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: September 10, 2006 )

Lilith
Cheeky, dry-wit, pretense at no remorse yet, it's there, buried between the lines. I feel dwarfed by this creation and feel as though anything I say will only be unworthy of it.

Suffice it to say that it is, without a doubt, 10 out of 10.

( Posted by: chinadoll [Member] On: September 12, 2006 )





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