Cetology

Cetology
 
            For small erections may be finished by their first
            architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the
            copestone to posterity.  God keep me from ever
            completing anything.  This whole book is but a
            draught—nay, but the draught of a draught.
            Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!         
 Herman Melville, Moby Dick
 
The lar
the loa
the household gods.
Let me begin
there.
Women like
wheels of fire
Goldsmiths Wordsmiths
Women with
huge legs
Women who are
all womb
or all head
Women from the East
with arms like sticks
Women from the Islands
with spangled fish tails
Men with hooves
and horns like crescent moons
Women from the moon
Women from the Lake
the plowed field
Ululating desert Women
with blue tattoos
Goddesses of girlhood
Goddesses of love
Irritated Bitches
Skin-shedding snake Women
Blind hags
Women of the four directions
Women who look ahead
Women who speak up
Women who share their food
Alchemists
Midwives
Women who keep me
from ever completing
anything
Women with knives
Women with Time
with Strength
with Patience
Women
without Cash
Boys who lie
Shroud-stitchers
Gossips
Women who
drive too fast
Pregnant Women
Hermaphrodites
Women who have a hand in
the very pelvis of the world
Women who
name names
 
Small contractions
may be finished
by their first
contractors;
grand ones,
true ones,
ever leave
their pulsations
to posterity.
This whole book
is but a raft
on a wide-mouthed river. 
 
Sherry Robbins, Or, The Whale, BlazeVOX [books]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s