I'm looking for a poem that I believe is titled "You, the Wounded" I have no idea who the author is. It read it in the late 1960's or early 70's and it was published in a small book of poetry that may have been a collection of works by various authors. I do remember a great deal of it - and will post it below -but parts of it may be missing, mixed up or misstated from the original. Does anyone recognize it? I would like to know who the author is and the entire poem in original form.
"You, the Wounded"
We're back to that again.
Soft eyes aglow
Like a sparrow's whose leg was snapped in two by wicked hands
You tell me that my practiced bow
Has arched another arrow to your core
How my words, words, words have maimed you
And how you do not understand.
Your brows will draw together then.
You'll frown that frown
A splendid tragedy
And sadly shake your head at cruel me.
And soft in your eyes
A suffering will shine.
But you won't bleed.
The blood is always mine.
I thought of this poem just yesterday for the first time in years and years. How strange that I was looking for more info on the author and found your posting. I think I read it in MS magazine in the early seventies. The author was M. Renzelman.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/21/2008 05:02PM by svh.
Thank you so very much! That is a strange coincidence! I recall having a book with this poem in it - and have no idea what happened to it. What did you find out about the author - did she write other works? By the way, I think it is OK to post the works of others as long as you give proper credit to the author...