Friday, December 14, 2012


"What's the word for a female hermit?"

She has to be the remotest
Person in the world. Women must
Prove their equality with men,
It seems, by doing more than men.

So it is with her. If her sect
Of eremites never used words,
She wouldn't even use gestures.
If they conversed only with birds,

She would converse only with trees.
If the hermits lived in the woods,
She would live in desert wasteland.
Whatever it took to be one

Among the self-chosen lonely.
As it is, she belongs to none.
No sect claims her or knows of her.
Not even the moon can find her.

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