Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Implications Of One Plus One

Poem by Marge Piercy

Sometimes we collide, tectonic plates merging,
continents shoving, crumpling down into the molten
veins of fire deep in the earth and raising
tons of rock into jagged crests of Sierra.

Sometimes your hands drift on me, milkweed's
airy silk, wingtip's feathery caresses,
our lips grazing, a drift of desires gathering
like fog over warm water, thickening to rain.

Sometimes we go to it heartily, digging,
burrowing, grunting, tossing up covers
like loose earth, nosing into the other's
flesh with hot nozzles and wallowing there.

Sometimes we are kids making out, silly
in the quilt, tickling the xylophone spine,
blowing wet jokes, loud as a whole
slumber party bouncing till the bed breaks.

I go round and round you sometimes, scouting,
blundering, seeking a way in, the high boxwood
maze I penetrate running lungs bursting
toward the fountain of green fire at the heart.

Sometimes you open wide as cathedral doors
and yank me inside. Sometimes you slither
into me like a snake into its burrow.
Sometimes you march in with a brass band.

Ten years of fitting our bodies together
and still they sing wild songs in new keys.
It is more and less than love: timing,
chemistry, magic and will and luck.

One plus one equal one, unknowable except
in the moment, not convertible into words,
not explicable or philosophically interesting.
But it is. And it is. And it is. Amen.


Comments about Implications Of One Plus One by Marge Piercy

  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/1/2018 10:58:00 PM)

    Congrats for Potd. And i quote,

    Ten years of fitting our bodies together
    and still they sing wild songs in new keys.
    It is more and less than love: timing,
    chemistry, magic and will and luck.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2018 2:26:00 PM)

    .Citing your last stanza here: One plus one equal one, unknowable except
    in the moment, not convertible into words,
    not explicable or philosophically interesting.
    But it is. And it is. And it is. Amen.................Adding Mark 10: 8 ....and the two will become one.' So they are no longer two, but one.. Inspired by the Bible text I reckon.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2018 1:57:00 PM)

    Congratulations on being chosen as the Modern Poem Of The Day, Mrs. Piercy, a well deserved 10 Full Vote. Thank you so much for sharing this most enjoyable poem about the occurrences going on. An excellent poem about making love in clear details and entertaining though.Though chosen for the second time, my attention is still the same, even bigger. You´re most deserving, Mrs. Piercy. God Bless You and Mr. Wood in Abundance. Amen(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2018 1:46:00 PM)

    A poem about love, life and the little incidents intimately projected in this brilliant piece. The kind of poetry, I so admired. The metaphors here described are finest but ardent, in a way they touched my heart since I can almost hear those sighs inside the place. My CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as the Modern Poem of The Day,(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (12/1/2018 12:28:00 PM)

    i like this poem, this ode to sexual intimacy that is frank but not crass. those of us in long-term relationships can easily relate, and there are excellent descriptions in it, my favorite being xylophone spine. -gk(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (12/1/2018 8:10:00 AM)

    One plus one equal one, unknowable except
    in the moment, not convertible into words, ......touching expression with a lofty theme. One plus one is possible in Love not in Mathematics. A beautiful poem so nicely executed. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Kayode Are (12/1/2018 6:48:00 AM)

    The height of artistic reality, more and less than love, more of luck than will.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/1/2018 3:05:00 AM)

    Love and life! !

    Love and art!

    One plus One equals to One.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Lopamudra KajolikaLopamudra Kajolika (12/1/2017 10:35:00 AM)

    Congrats for being picked modern POD.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/1/2017 9:44:00 AM)

    Emotionally powerful drop. Enjoyed. Thanks for posting.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (12/1/2017 6:39:00 AM)

    An eloquent flow of passion. Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (12/1/2017 2:50:00 AM)

    Very very passionate poem. The words carry the reader through your romantic realm and he smells, tastes and feels every bit of you.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/1/2017 2:37:00 AM)

    Such a great write, Marge... congrats for being picked..10+++(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/1/2017 1:58:00 AM)

    This poem is so deftly and skillfully composed to bring emotion, infatuation, passion, lust, yearning, fervor and everything of the like needed to make one plus one equal to one and it has the pure and placid expression of the human soul without any profanity and crudeness for love...........very well crafted.....full credit
    thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2017 12:48:00 AM)

    An amazing poem about love, life and the rest, but it IS sheer poetry. I have enjoyed very much this brilliant piece of poetry. The metaphors here described are finest but in a furious way, toyching to my heart. CONGRATS for the Poem of The Day. A well deserved 10. Thank you for sharing, sincerely Sylvia Frances Chan(Report)Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/18/2014 6:51:00 PM)

    The more poems of the poet I read the more speechless I become! What a beautiful poem! Serious, funny, warm, romantic and so incredibly sexy without being lewd in any way, shape or form!(Report)Reply

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  • Jack Williams (8/24/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    This is my kind of poem. Very sexy but never crude.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003