Monday, August 22, 2011

trente-huit: Denied To The End

Fisheye 2
Agfa CT Precisa
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
July 2010

Living   in the earth deposits   of our history

Today a backhoe divulged   out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle   amber   perfect   a hundred-year-old
cure for fever   or melancholy   a tonic
for living on this earth   in the winters of this climate

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered   from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years   by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin   of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold   a test tube or pencil

She died   a famous woman   denying
her wounds
her wounds   came   from the same source as her power

- Power by Adrienne Rich

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