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Elizabeth Romero: Surfaces

There’s a Catholic god

Done up in gold

With a virgin

There’s a Jewish God

Male and master

Of cool distances

There’s an academic God

Of reason and longish hair

But there’s no God for working people

There’s no God for women

In the night the cockroaches defend the cupboards

It rains and something is waiting

In these houses

The phone rings

It’s an obscene call—No

I don’t want a slave

No. I’m not horny

He hangs up angry

We are trapped waiting

Moving behind the windows

The night weeps and heaves

Coffee grumbles on the stove

Like judgment

Copyright 2022 Elizabeth Romero

9 comments on “Elizabeth Romero: Surfaces

  1. matthewjayparker
    January 29, 2023

    I love this one. So visceral.


  2. Lisa Zimmerman
    January 29, 2023

    Ooh, and that ending❤️


  3. kim4true
    January 29, 2023

    That’s powerful.


  4. donnahilbert
    January 29, 2023

    Waiting for an Elizabeth Romero book. She is a brilliant poet—but you know that. Donna



  5. Rose Mary Boehm
    January 29, 2023

    Excellent. Haunting.


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