Adrienne Rich – Sending Love

Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012)

Voice
from the grain
of the forest bought
and condemned
sketched bond
in the rockmass
the earthquake sought
and threw
                                *
Sending love: Molly sends it
Ivan sends it, Kaori
sends it to Brian, Irina sends it
on pale green aerograms Abena sends it
to Charlie and to Joséphine
Anuro sends it, Naomi sends it
Lourdes sends it to Naoual
Walter sends it to Arlene
Habib sends it, Vashti
floats it to Eqbal in a paper plane
Bored in the meeting, on a postcard
Y oel scribbles it to Gerhard
Reza on his e-mail
finds it waiting from Patricia
Mario and Elsie
send it to Francísco
Karolina sends it monthly
home with a money order
June seals it with a kiss to Dahlia
Mai sends it, Montserrat
scrawls it to Faíz on a memo
Lenny wires it with roses
to Lew who takes it on his
whispery breath, Julia sends it
loud and clear, Dagmar brailles it
to Maureen, María Christina
sends it, Meena and Moshe send it
Patrick and Max are always
sending it back and fonh
and even Shirley, even George
are found late after closing
sending it, sending it
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Sending love is harmless
doesn’t bind you    can’t make you sick
sending love’s expected
precipitous and wary
sending love can be carefree
Joaquin knew it, Eira knows it
sending love without heart
—well, people do that daily
                                *
Terrence years ago
closed the window, silent
Grace who always laughed is leaning
her cheek against bulletproof glass
her tears enlarged
like scars on a planet
Vivian hangs her raincoat
on a hook, turns to the classroom
her love entirely
there, supreme
Victor fixes his lens
on disappearing faces
—caught now or who will ever
see them again?