Eve to Lilith/Lilith to Eve
These poems were published in The dybbuk of delight: an anthology of Jewish women's poetry (1995). Thanks to Nora Lee Mandel for bringing them to my attention.
Eve to Lilith
ok, so you laid him
first; that's merely
a fact of life
so you got to know
all his little habits, like
picking his nose
when he reads in bed
but he didn't do that with you?
I'm not jealous. I don't
believe in jealousy, and what I don't believe in
doesn't hurt me. But tell me
honestly, what did you do to the poor man?
He's a nervous wreck.
He can't stand up to his boss, he has
pains in his side all the time -
I mean, something must have happened
to leave a man
He told me how beautiful you were.
The dark, dramatic type.
Usually he doesn't talk about you
but when we - well, long ago -
when - at night -
we - in the dark, always -
he used to call your name
at a certain moment
It's none of my business but you must have done something very special
to make a man remember you so
Lilith to Eve
That's when he gave me
for the first time
|Poem: © Copyright 1995, Michelene Wandor|
Page: © Copyright 1995-2011 Alan Humm.
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