Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Circe's Power - Poem by Louise Gluck

I never turned anyone into a pig.
Some people are pigs; I make them
Look like pigs.

I'm sick of your world
That lets the outside disguise the inside. Your men weren't bad men;
Undisciplined life
Did that to them. As pigs,

Under the care of
Me and my ladies, they
Sweetened right up.

Then I reversed the spell, showing you my goodness
As well as my power. I saw

We could be happy here,
As men and women are
When their needs are simple. In the same breath,

I foresaw your departure,
Your men with my help braving
The crying and pounding sea. You think

A few tears upset me? My friend,
Every sorceress is
A pragmatist at heart; nobody sees essence who can't
Face limitation. If I wanted only to hold you

I could hold you prisoner.


Comments about Circe's Power by Louise Gluck

  • (5/8/2018 9:49:00 AM)

    Enjoyable to read when your feeling down (Report) Reply

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  • Sona Wilae (2/9/2018 11:06:00 PM)

    A pragmatist at heart; nobody sees essence who can't Face limitation. Classic metaphor, I rather enjoyed. Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2014 9:09:00 PM)

    An enjoyable read...... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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