Sharon Olds

(November 19, 1942 / San Francisco)

Voices


(for Lucille)

Our voices race to the towers, and up beyond
the atmosphere, to the satellite,
slowly turning, then back down
to another tower, and cell. Quincy,
Toi, Honoree, Sarah, Dorianne,
Galway. When Athena Elizalex calls,
I tell her I'm missing Lucille's dresses,
and her shoes, and Elizabeth says 'And she would say,
'Damn! I do look good!'' After we
hang up, her phone calls me again
from inside her jacket, in the grocery store
with her elder son, eleven, I cannot
hear the words, just part of the matter
of the dialogue, it's about sugar, I am
in her pocket like a spirit. Then I dream it —
looking at an illuminated city
from a hill, at night, and suddenly
the lights go out — like all the stars
gone out. 'Well, if there is great sex
in heaven,' we used to say, 'or even just
sex, or one kiss, what's wrong
with that?!' Then I'm dreaming a map of the globe, with
bright pinpoints all over it —
in the States, the Caribbean, Latin America,
in Europe, and in Africa —
everywhere a poem of hers is being
read. Small comfort. Not small
to the girl who curled against the wall around the core
of her soul, keeping it alive, with long
labor, then unfolded into the hard truths, the
lucid beauty, of her song.

15 Feb '10

Submitted: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Voices by Sharon Olds )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Where The Mind Is Without Fear, Rabindranath Tagore
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

poet Tu Fu

Tonight at Fu-chou, this moon she watches
Alone in our room. And my little, far-off
Children, too young to understand what keeps me
Away, or even remember Chang'an. By now,

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Francis Ledwidge

 

New Poems

  1. কবিতাপল্লি, Hanzala Han
  2. Other Guys, Amber Carr
  3. I've Got Time, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  4. A Vultures Meal, Tiger Auntunette
  5. Nothing can break the focus., Sumita Jetley
  6. Ever So Cute, riya misi
  7. Unlock From Sockets, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. PRAY OUT YOUR PAST, Michael P. Johnson
  9. Christmas, Titiksa Dugar
  10. alphabet you two bucks you drive a truck, Mandolyn ...
[Hata Bildir]