The little mackintosh.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Werber, Cassie
Pub Date: 05/01/2012
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2012 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 39
Accession Number: 296571612
Full Text:
The little mackintosh

   He didn't want to wear it--I could tell.
   He didn't say it straight but, well,
   A woman knows these things:
   It's intuition.
   And just as we were shifting our position
   Assessing the lie of the land--
   The contours and crevasses, the quicksand--
   I realised we'd come across a problem.
   For all the preparation--lessons, longing,
   Lubrication--
   Here
   was an obstacle I hadn't planned for.
   He's meant to want to, surely?
   Meant to slip it on and head for glory
   How much of this nonsense will I stand for?
   Is sympathy required? More seduction?
   "I think the packet has instructions ..."

   Wrong move, I realise:
   Technique's not the issue.
   It's psychological. Or physical.
   He doesn't seem sure which--
   It's difficult
   To be a man. To itch
   To be a hero made of tissue
   Crumpling at the slightest glitch.
   What seems robust when caged,
   In fact will tremble in the storm
   A tiger rearing up in rage
   Defeated by a mackintosh
   Which--though it growl and gnash
   It's teeth--must after all
   Be worn.
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