Of Ownership

The verb has a long history of violence to take 

is to grab, seize or capture, esp. by force; note 

its hard ‘k’ set against the long vowel, a sign of 

intent, this cave of sound. He took her by the 

throat and shook her is one in a proliferation 

of examples.  To enter into possession or use of 

(a thing) any thing, the things of supermarkets 

that lull  us as we push the trolley round and 

round the soothing fountains in the malls, 

always the polystyrene trays of flesh bright in the 

fluorescent aisle.  Our virgins at such altars 

now are birds who’ve never felt the drum 

of rain on their fattened breasts.  Save money. 

Buy one, get one free & variations thereon.  They 

(the shops) are here to help themselves as best 

they can..  Language is also ownership, we describe 

our thoughts, and by default corral the 

heart: most articulation is squandered as a detour 

from love that manifests as pain inside us, from 

what is felt, from breath that connects us to grace. 

from Seasonal Disturbances (Carcanet, 2017), © Karen McCarthy Woolf 2017, used by permission of the author and publisher.

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