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I Am Tired of Being a Wife by Geraldine Connolly

                  —after Neruda


I walk into the kitchen stores empty of desire

for Dutch ovens, silicon mats, tart pans.

In the grocery stores and farm markets

I am cold and still as an iceberg.


Recipes bore me. Bathtub rings disgust me.

The smell of bakeries brings me to tears.

I want no more dust rags or oven cleaners,  

no more spray starch or furniture polish.


I want to swim in the cool lake of indifference.

That’s why the days unroll like heavy carpets

covered in dust and dog hair, bearing

discarded seeds and crumbs,

the lost nickels and pennies.


I only want to slip

like a grain of sand into the ocean.

Geraldine Connolly is the author of three poetry collections: She received two N.E.A. creative writing fellowships, a Maryland Arts Council fellowship, and the W.B. Yeats Society of New York Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, and Shenandoah. It has been featured on The Writers Almanac and anthologized in Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High School Students and The Sonoran Desert:A Literary Field Guide. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Her website is http: www.geraldineconnolly.com.

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