Rilke's Letter from Rome
by Star Black
Certainly you've missed this on your reading list,
or have you? do you really agree with Rilke's dark
equality, that women should be set free to be who
they are? are you that committed to this anguished
apartness? after all, we're no longer young, hello?
The phone's ringing once again, Housman calling,
the cherry blossoms fall. Frost, hunched upon
the old farm, is gazing at white spiders. Jarrell
is gone, his love for Mary - "Change me, change me" -
is all that is left of him, his beloved semesters,
his street crossings, his crooning essays, and, yes,
each woman misses him as I miss you, immediately,
so, let the letter from Rome go. You've read it. I've
read it. It's a good letter. Not as good as you, though.