Poem: Cheryl Clarke, ‘Nothing’

‘Nothing’

Nothing I wouldn’t do for the woman I sleep with
when nobody satisfy me the way she do.

kiss her in public places
win the lottery
take her in the ass
in a train lavatory
sleep three in a single bed
have a baby
to keep her wanting me.

wear leather underwear
remember my dreams
make plans and schemes
go down on her in front of her
other lover
give my jewelry away
to keep her wanting me.

sell my car
tie her to the bed post and
spank her
lie to my mother
let her watch me fuck my other lover
miss my only sister’s wedding
to keep her wanting me.

but her cocaine
show her the pleasure in danger
bargain
let her dress me in colourful costumes
of low cleavage and slit to the crotch
giving easy access
to keep her wanting me.

Nothing I wouldn’t do for the woman I sleep with when nobody satisfy me the way she do.

 

 

Cheryl Clarke (b. 1947) is an African American lesbian poet.  She is the author of four poetry collections from Firebrand books and is currently on the faculty at Rutgers University.

I like this poem for the way it fearlessly expresses the lawlessness of desire and goes to places that women are often afraid to go in their writing.

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