Learn More

Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Beast, Book, Body


I was sick of being a woman,
sick of the pain,
the irrelevant detail of sex,
my own concavity
uselessly hungering
and emptier whenever it was filled,
and filled finally
by its own emptiness,
seeking the garden of solitude
instead of men.

The white bed
in the green garden--
I looked forward
to sleeping alone
the way some long
for a lover.

Even when you arrived,
I tried to beat you
away with my sadness,
my cynical seductions,
and my trick of
turning a slave
into a master.

And all because
you made
my fingertips ache
and my eyes cross
in passion
that did not know its own name.

Bear, beast, lover
of the book of my body,
you turned my pages
and discovered
what was there
to be written
on the other side.

And now
I am blank
for you,
a tabula rasa
ready to be printed
with letters
in an undiscovered language
by the great press
of our love.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: sick, solitude, passion, woman, green, pain, alone, women, sleep

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Beast, Book, Body by Erica Jong )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Alone, Maya Angelou
  5. I Am the Only Being Whose Doom, Emily Jane Brontë
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. The Three Kings, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Lucid Awake Changing Dreams, Is It Poetry
  2. Never Easy To Make, Tina Chan
  3. Sorry, Tina Chan
  4. Let us go, Mario,Lucien,Rene Odekerken
  5. ~Hell On Earth Is Art In Heaven~, E Nigma
  6. BABIES LOVE, Christina Sunrise
  7. ANGER STEMS FROM PAIN, Christina Sunrise
  8. ACTION IS WHERE IT STARTS, Christina Sunrise
  9. Night terrors, Ryan Brodesser
  10. River Ran Red, Kim Barney
[Hata Bildir]