Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

He Would Be So Hurt

In women, mind is found—

As sky is with the ground.

The fact that body's fair

Should show that mind's somewhere.

Yet men are wont to feel

Trim bodies most reveal

Hostility to thought;

A way of might that ought

To deepen and to rise.

Male judgment is unwise

In joining ugliness

Of body, face and dress

To mind that seeks and dares,

And intellect that cares.

—Can she the truth assert

While he would be so hurt?