Sunday, August 24, 2014


Got a one word letter from a man
who shouldn't have sent me a letter at all.

FECUNDITY - didn't know what it meant,
but it dirtied me.

Instead of looking it up, I looked over my shoulder.


Anonymous said...

Oh my, that IS a haunting word. I wish someone had sent me that letter years ago so that I'd have known to watch out for my excessive fertility ... yet here I am, four children later. ;)

I suppose the other sort is quite a compliment, though. And you are certainly fecund. The beauty in your work is how very sharp it is in so few words. Admirable indeed.

I love this line: "but it dirtied me" ... You see what I mean? Sharp, but short. You crack the whip.

Susan said...

I would, too.
Cool poem
about a world too late,
whether curse or wish.

Fireblossom said...

I like what Mood said. You *do* crack the whip. Words seem to be your personal tigers.

Sylvia K said...

You never fail to amaze me and, yes, I do believe words are your personal tigers, too! Have a great week!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I could feel the urge to look over a shoulder. Great write.

kaykuala said...

One can never know! Rightly said!


Yvonne Osborne said...

While with many words in our language, there is more than one meaning, I would go with the main one which the recipient could take as a compliment. "Intellectually productive."

But this does remind me of creepy phone calls from a self-professed secret admirer. Every man I passed on the street became the perpetrator. That's what preying stalkers do to women: take away our freedom of movement and sense of security.