Adrienne Rich

Don’t Take Me

too seriously    please
    take the December goodness
      of my neighbors’ light-strung eaves
    take the struggle helping with the tree
      for the children’s sake
        don’t take me seriously
    on questionnaires about faith and fault
      and country    Don’t
        take me for a loner don’t take me for a foreigner don’t
take me in the public
        library checking definitions
          of freedom in the dictionary or
      tracing satellites after curfew
or in my Goodwill truck delivering a repaired TV
      to the house of the foil’d revolutionary