A Valediction

In A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,
John Donne uses a compass
to represent his love for his wife.
She might have wished for a different metaphor,
like maybe a thick, locked door,
or even a different life.
Twelve children in 16 years did her in
just as surely as a gun or club or knife.

So that’s what happened to the wife.


Julianne Carlile is an author, screenwriter and poet who has been published in a variety creative writing publications and lives with her dog, Nicky.

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1 Comment

  1. Though I have always loved that particular Donne poem, can’t deny the truth of this one!! Effective available contraception is the one single factor most responsible for improving quality of women’s lives–always and everywhere!

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