The Cull.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Desire (Portrayals)
Lovesickness (Portrayals)
Erotic love (Portrayals)
Sexual excitement (Portrayals)
Author: Van Rijswijk, Philomena
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Hecate Publisher: Hecate Press Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Hecate Press ISSN: 0311-4198
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 37 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: The Cull (Van Rijswijk, Philomena) (Poem)
Accession Number: 268220738
Full Text:
My dearest, please do the kindest thing, and let me despise you,
now. Dearest--please release me from this metaphysical infestation,
euthanase this fantastically blighted product of gestation. Please leave
the deformed pup of my obsession writhing out on the woodpile, in the
hard, the ground-glass frost. Please kick the runt of the litter-- my
naked need for you-- away from the swollen, the purple-veined teats of
the indolent bitch. Please put my mewling, my premature, my pewling
wanting of you in an old hessian sack, tie the end with jute, and chuck
it overhand into the middle of a muddied dam. Please dash the besmirched
barnyard egg of this soft-shelled obsession against a tree. Please find
the addled nest of my fantasies, and tip the goggle-eyed fledglings out.
Oh, my darling, please pull the plug, pull the wall-plug ... press the
pillow, press the smothering goose-down pillow ... Please! quick! drop
the brick! Oh, my darling, please kill the mouthing hope; kill the ache,
the hungry ache; please abort the foetus of longing; terminate the fatal
you-and-me belonging that grows daily, by the hour, by the minute, in my
distended belly like a terrible cyst of desire, a tumour of futility, a
slit-eyed foundling of impossibility ... Oh, my dearest, do it now. Do
it now. Oh, do it now.
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