The Kingdom of Ordinary Time “Reading Ovid” Marie Howe
The thing about the Greeks and Romans is that
at least mythologically,
they could get mad. If the man broke your heart, if he
fucked your sister speechless
then real true hell broke loose:
“You know that stew you just ate for dinner, honey?—
It was your son.”
That’s Ovid for you.
A guy who knows how to tell a story about people who
really don’t believe in the Golden Rule.
Sometimes I fantasize saying to the man I married, “You know
that hamburger you just
gobbled down with relish and mustard? It was
And it continues though I must admit with such a strong opening one loses the appetite to carry on *sigh* but it is worth reading Howe to see what she makes of this opening and by poem’s end the reader is expected to ponder the words of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven being within you. Not sure how a reader can digest it. Somehow after the beginning one would rather cook than eat.
And so for day 1920