A Pairing: Adrienne Rich + Francisco de Goya

goya The same (Será lo mismo)

Francisco de Goya, Sera lo Mismo (The Same), around 1810

She tunes her guitar for Landstuhl
where she will sit on beds and sing
ballads from when Romany
roamed Spain

A prosthetic hand calibrates perfectly
the steam of a glass
or how to stroke a face
is this how far we have come
to make love easy
Ghost limbs go into spasm in the night
You come back from war with the body you have

What you can’t bear
carry endure lift
you’ll have to drag
it’ll come with you the ghostlimb
the shadow    blind
echo of your body spectre of your soul

Let’s not talk yet of making love
nor of ingenious devises
replacing touch
And this is not theoretical:
A poem with calipers to hold a heart
so it will want to go on beating.

– Calibrations, Adrienne Rich

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