Poem — Leonard Lambert

Sonless Man


Sonless man, soft murderer.
made of this daughter a loud
unlovely boy, as if a man should

swap yarns with a fern
or force a rough acquaintance
with the mysteries of the earth,

Sonless man, shy killer,
her sad collusion will not save you,
she goes by ways you cannot know,

her womanhood is no-man’s land;
let distance be delight, sonless man,
greet it, let it grow; sonless man let go.


Leonard Lambert 1991


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