Academic journal article Hecate

All about Vera

Academic journal article Hecate

All about Vera

Article excerpt

1. Birth Goddess

From a row house in London

(it is winter,

snow filters slowly down

through bare black trees)

a woman with degrees

publications to her credit

posts ads for men, for women

"sperm donors wanted/donors available"

that return through the mail

brief narratives of likes and dislikes

a resumé of facts from those

eager to participate, experiment,

or give it one more go.

Her mind is diamond hard;

she screens, selects and interviews,

procures for her clients,

(their substance is softer,

though sometimes brittle)

and offers alternatives,

re-shapes their preconceived desires,

their expectations, as to what

as phantom lovers they should aspire.

Her ego extends to embrace them

and she records in her diary

"This one, this Monday, is for Vera."

2. Vera's Story

I am fat, my esteem is low

I close my eyes, create a constant night

and dream, rock, rock,

awake, asleep, in my bed

rock myself to sleep;

dream of arms around me

warm, giving me love

passion, a child.

I crave and write, alone,

letters, letters about love, and plan

each month with graphs

temperature charts;

write letters to donors and choose

new sperm from strangers without arms

who will father a child

willing without knowing, without sharing

the intimacy of a bed, willing

to give me a child. …

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