Magazine | December 31, 2018, Issue

Poetry

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SONG OF CALIBAN

Though slave to him I plan to kill,
From here on in
I mean to do the things I will.
I mean to do my master still.

I’ll bow and scrape with grace.
I’ll “Master” him
As if I knew my place.
But I will feign and learn what’s human;
Know this thing that is a woman;
Study how to hide my curse,
But call it down with words far worse
Than any I was ever taught,
Till I have all I sought.

I will begin, this day, to be
More powerful than he.
Maybe I’ll know the word that he calls fear,
And pour it like a poison in his ear.
My schooling will begin today,
Before he ends this sickly play
Of love — whatever that may be —
And what he calls forgiveness.
Perhaps, some day beyond tomorrow,
I’ll take up conning sorrow.

Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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