Thursday, May 2, 2013

A poem by Alan Feldman about the Immortality of Love between a man and a woman


Despite the differences, couples continue to flourish.  A poem about the immortality of love between a man and a woman.

A man and a woman
- Alan Feldman

Between a man and a woman
The anger is greater, for each man would like to sleep 
In the arms of each woman who would like to sleep
In the arms of each man, if she trusted him not to be
Schizophrenic, if he trusted her not to be
A hypochondriac, if she trusted him not to leave her
Too soon, if he trusted her not to hold him
Too long, and often women stare at the word men
As it lives in the word women, as if each woman 
Carried a man inside her and a woe, and has 
Crying fits that last for days, not like the crying
Of a man, which lasts a few seconds, and rips the throat
Like a claw — but because the pain differs
Much as the shape of the body, the woman takes 
The suffering of the man for selfishness, the man 
The woman’s pain for helplessness, the woman’s lack of it
For hardness, the man’s tenderness for deception,
The woman’s lack of acceptance, an act of contempt,
Which is really fear, the man’s fear for fickleness,
Yet cars come off the bridge in rivers of light,
Each holding a man and a woman.