Tired Sex

Trying to strike a match in a matchbook
that has lain all winter under the woodpile:
damp sulfur
on sodden cardboard.
I catch myself yawning. Through the window
I watch that sparrow the cat
keeps batting around.

Like turning the pages of a book the teacher assigned --

You ought to read it, she said.
It's great literature.


 


Chana Bloch is the author of (1992) and a co-translator of (1996).
 



The Atlantic Monthly; December 1997; Tired Sex; Volume 280, No. 6; page 88.


 

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