Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Poetry |

She Who Was Once the Helmet-Maker’s Beautiful Wife

            after the bronze by Rodin           When I think, alas! of the good times,           what used to be, what it's become . . .                   FRANÇOIS VILLON      "The Regrets of the Helmet-Maker's Beautiful Wife" Balloon in the act of collapsing, she's saved by her knees, a ledge jutting from rock she hurts to sit down on. No drapery hides what's left of her lap. Where breasts once obstructed her view, now they lie flat as cutlets, a button on each, as her head bends toward crotch, that good time. Where belly stretched and inflated,spanned a world for the baby inside, the roof has caved in. It hangs like a valance in pleats. But she still has her bones: shelf of sternum; shoulder blades and honed elbows; backbone ridges like dangerous reefs. Right arm behind, is she fending off blows? Maybe her lower back aches. Her hand'snailed to the cro

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