17 June 2012

In the Tunnel of Love



Published on You Tube on Jun 16, 2012 by 
June 16th 2012 Bloomsday : the last lines of Molly Bloom's famous soliloquy 
to the backdrop of a Tribute Painting by the Video Artist 

 Bloomsday dawned clear and untroubled on the Sea of Indifference and the Isle of Right.  A few of us celebrated in the Tunnel of Love, reading aloud, letting Molly Bloom stand in for Penelope so someday a woman or a man could say "vagina" in Michigan.

We had watched the censors’ ships come into harbor again.  They are here for 50 Shades of Grey now that they have finished with the siren red of Molly’s dress, the deep blue Well of Loneliness , and the dark Howl  in our Brave New World where on the table of  The Naked Lunch lies the fiery Sex of Madonna.
   
The sleek ship is heavy with grime slung in judgment as we honor Molly once again, hearing her say: “I near lost my breath yes  . . . yes so we are flowers all a woman's body yes that was one true thing he said in his life . . ." 

And the flower of the mountain goes on to say what she did to pleasure him and her lover and she compares body parts and ends with:  “I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

We finished the reading with a sigh, closed the book, and joked about the ships now at sea.  What do Madonna and Molly have in common, we joked.  And the answer was “What they cannot say in Michigan.”  

And then, unnoticed by the youth among us, we retired women and men touched hands.  Yes, we thought we had finished fighting for women’s control over yes their own bodies and yes the words they utter and yes we will fight again yes.



Written to the marvelous "Re-Joycing in “Poetics” (and Exile)" challenge at dVerse Poet's Pub.  Visit there for the full challenge.  All of the titles in this poem are books censored at one time or another within the USA.  The landmark book-censorship case was about James Joyce's Ulysses in 1922.

Re-posted at D'verse for Victoria's  "Meeting the Bar: Literary Allusion."



 Copyright © 2012 S.L.Chast
Submitted to Rattle 8/29/2013

19 comments:

Claudia said...

ha..this is great...really like this...always things left to fight for, that have yet to be achieved even though a lot has changed during those last 90 years...haven't read the book yet but think i def. should..

Brian Miller said...

what you can not say in michigan...like vagina maybe....oy what a backward fight we fight...so much ground still left to be covered...or maybe just more good old boys to still be kicked out you know...

Susan said...

It isn't just the boys, sadly. I don't get what people don't get.

Susan said...

Yes, mam, that is it exactly. Is anything finally finally won?

Marbles in My Pocket said...

That's what I was thinkin!!
Dang good write, Susan!
http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/theres-a-bear-in-the-tent/

manicddaily said...

Wonderful. Thanks so much, Susan. k.

chromapoesy.com said...

I suppose we never get to stop fighting, or we have to fight new frontiers of oppression. Thank you for what your generation did for mine, it was magnanimous and invaluable.

Susan said...

Thank you Charles! Funny!

Susan said...

And I thank you!

Susan said...

You are sweetness itself. The regression wouldn't worry me so much if it weren't so pointedly misogynist as in the mythic fear of losing power/potency. What is so absolutely wonderful about the way things were/are that change/freedom is reprehensible?

kaykuala said...

Yes, it's a never-ending fight for women's right. It's to voice out and not be considered prudes. Bravely the fight is on with strength. Great write, Susan!

Hank

Susan said...

Thanks! I am a bit of a prude though. I don't actually say a lot of the words myself, you'll notice.

Anna Montgomery said...

What an utter joy to reread, thank you for linking it.

manicddaily said...

Ah. This is so sweet. I loved before and love now. I can picture this scene and you are quoting from my favorite parts of the book for sure. Thanks much. k .

Victoria said...

Oh, yes! I love how you incorporated the titles of censored books/words as well as style. Great one.

Lisa said...

This is genius.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ha. Our little redneck town actually presented The Vagina Monologues at our dusty little old theatre and rocked the audience with laughter and tears. Next day, I overheard three elderly ladies who had been there masterfully throwing the word vagina around with much cackling. I so loved it! There were even a few brave men in the audience who must have wondered if the earth had tilted right off its axis. Hee hee. I love the "yes, we will fight again, yes."

lucychili said...

what a strange society it is with so much horror and war and making judgements on tenderness. powerful poem. i love the touching hands.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Loved this! And yes! so we shall.