Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Chicago


Susan Hahn

I know I know
I took in too much
but the tree was there
with its enticing skins,
the garden intolerably quiet,
the snake so colorful, resolute,
I thought if I could just fondle
the fruit... but now, Please God
I want to go back to the beginning
of the day so I can say no thank you:
it's all considerably more than I can handle.

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"Hysteria" from Harriet Rubin's Mother's Wooden Hand by Susan Hahn. Copyright © 1991 by The University of Chicago. Reprinted with the permission of the author and The University of Chicago Press.


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