homer weinstein (Draft)

when agamemnon was the king women would sit at home
only the men did anything and only they could roam
so while heroes went wandering their wives sat at the loom
like the constant penelope odysseus’ heirloom
men brought their lusty fire to troy and burned hecuba’s keep
and trojan female destiny became “lament and weep”
it’s true cassandra did speak out but nobody would hear
and what good could she do without a single follower

but life in troy and ithica is not as it has been—
penelope and cassandra are proving protean…
so Cassie speaks out yet again—and what? people believe?!
(in another millennium they might even perceive.)
and Penny does not wait on men to dictate what she weaves—
her husband, suitors, and her son blindly war on—she leaves—

Bits for a Hot and Cold July

Chocolate
All the chocolate in my father’s shop
Melted that Irish heat-wave week into
Small-scale magmatic floods the window
Pelted with heat in unrelenting drop
Drop by softening drop they unformed all
Into ruination and my father pelted
Windowless-wrappered bars into the small
Shop fridge to be newly unmelted

Remains
The ice desires to flow and be
Water again (the cold remains);
It’s frozen still, though almost in
That shape it had when lately free