Christopher Franke
Christopher Franke outside Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery on 12 July 2008
[photo by Jesus Crisis]


OF SOME ISSUE

If men were
more like women,
could women be
more like men?

What mothering man
might woman father?
Or nurturing
father mother?

If men had babies!
a spouse might
what lack take?
Call love, “Fluid.”

Like where it leaked
plugging a dike,
could lesbian man
make woman gay?

If women had
commas, would me
have periods?
If men had head-

aches, would women
have erections?
Where women warred,
be men there whored?

Were a woman
a jock, would she
then mount a man?
& ride ’till dawn?

Sweeter seduced
than taken rough.
For better work,
give equal pay.

And so what leave
has any fig,
love’s sweetness grants;
love’s daze may care.



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Poem originally apeared in frankeana/miscellangy,  a collection of works by Christopher Franke & Jim Lang

Reproduced here with the author’s permission

For a video of Chris Franke’s featured reading during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour in August 2008, visit
http://crisisblog.crisischronicles.com/2008/09/15/deep-cleveland-poetry-15-august-2008-with-christopher-franke.aspx

Cleveland poet Christopher Franke is founder of Deciduous Press and author of collections including (but not limited to) Paren’s Thesis, frankeana/miscellangy, Routines, and =5

For more Franke poetry see the
Cleveland Poetry Archive, ArtCrimes, The City Poetry 5, and