Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

"To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage&Quot; - Poem by Robert Lowell

"The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
Our magnolia blossoms.Life begins to happen.
My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
free-lancing out along the razor's edge.
This screwball might kill his wife, then take the pledge.
Oh the monotonous meanness of his lust. . .
It's the injustice . . . he is so unjust--
whiskey-blind, swaggering home at five.
My only thought is how to keep alive.
What makes him tick?Each night now I tie
ten dollars and his car key to my thigh. . . .
Gored by the climacteric of his want,
he stalls above me like an elephant."

Comments about "To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage&Quot; by Robert Lowell

  • Terry Craddock (12/21/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    'My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
    and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes, '

    Graphic lines, I applaud Robert Lowell for writing this, in a time when brutality and beating wives in the home was ignored by a moral majority? Sadly in some suburbs and many countries it still is, a pity people do not do unto others as they would have others do unto them. Sadly a few trolls, do not give the love and respect women deserve, the question is always why stay and put up with this disgusting behaviour?
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/21/2016 6:45:00 PM)

    To Speak Of Woe
    Sad poem......++++++++++++++++ Thanks for sharing................... (Report) Reply

  • Electric Lady (12/21/2016 5:42:00 PM)

    Thank you Robert Lowell for making me see the true vision in this poem. Absolutely eccentric! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/21/2016 9:43:00 AM)

    It is really sad. Hubby going away for pleasure to other women. Nicely done. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (12/21/2016 8:51:00 AM)

    Ecellent poem describing Woe (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/21/2016 8:51:00 AM)

    Powerful and disturbingly authentic. Things we would rather not look upon, but often art provides the lens which focuses our attention on the unpleasantly necessary. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/21/2016 5:27:00 AM)

    tom allport
    sorry state the way people live their lives to day. so sad (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/21/2016 12:26:00 AM)

    Bedroom Windows
    To keep alive! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2007 6:36:00 PM)

    The poems of Lowell that one sees in anthologies are all pretty tame beside this one, which probably embarrasses the editors of anthologies. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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