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Callaloo 25.2 (2002) 355



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The Wife of Lot Before the Fire

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


First time I lay with him
music came from my mouth
I ain't never heard
such strong music

You the one gone save me
You the one gone take me
away from here

Lately a humming
coming from the other
corners of the house
The whispering

His walking in the night hours
His blood on the backs
of our daughters' skirts

Baby please
You the one gone save me
You the one supposed
to take me away from here

Lately a humming
coming from the other
corners of this house

First time I lay with him
who knew I could
reach those notes
Now I done forgot his tune

The man said a thief
done plucked my tongue
right from my singing throat



 

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is author of The Gospel of Barbecue, which Lucille Clifton selected for the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry. Her second book of poems, Outlandish Blues, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2003. She has won awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Barbara Deming Memorial.

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ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
p. 356
Launched on MUSE
2002-05-01
Open Access
No
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