How Do You Withstand, Body? Poem by Gieve Patel

How Do You Withstand, Body?

Rating: 4.8


How do your withstand, body,
Destruction repeatedly
Aimed at you? Minutes,
Seconds, like gun reports
Tattoo you with holes.
Your area of five
By one is not
Room enough for
The fists, the blows;
All instruments itch
To make a hedgehog
Of your hide. It's your fate,
Poor slut: To walk compliantly
Before heroes! Offering
In your demolition
A besotted kind of love:
Dumb, discoloured,
Battered patches; meat-mouths
For monsters' kisses.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 19 January 2016

Ouch! What he says has truth but what a hard truth to hear. I would rather retreat to more joyful verses and yet I am strangely drawn to his poetry

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Bernard F. Asuncion 22 May 2019

One of the best poems by Gieve Patel.......................

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Dr Antony Theodore 22 May 2019

Offering In your demolition A besotted kind of love: Dumb, discoloured, Battered patches; meat-mouths For monsters' kisses. room enough for the fists and blows. tony

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Kevin Patrick 22 May 2019

Some very vivid imagery, with dark and ugly undertones, good choice for modern poem of the day!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 May 2019

Thanks for sharing this poem. An excelllent poem, well worded, only I wish to stay out of the way. Too dangerous. Enjoyment is for all persons, so I have enjoyed either, just as an observer. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day.

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Edward Kofi Louis 22 May 2019

Room enough! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Anil Kumar Panda 22 May 2019

Bitter truth indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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A poem that makes the poet deserve felicitations

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