To Have Been Othello’s Second Wife


Remember, not one man in the room wished him undone

or misremembered the service he had done the state.


Even now viewers love jailhouse correspondence,

the soft promise of a conjugal visit won upstate.


In Cyprus, he would have found another easily,

with his glory and his tragic eyes, alone in state.


I can be glad he chose me like a flower from the corner stall,

before that moment, I did not imagine marriage to one of state.


I quickly learned to keep a tight bud of my heart,

blossoming too quickly will cause a rotten state.


Every gristly killer keeps a file of letters from the women

who have fallen for his charms while he is within the state.


And no one thought of him as murdering,

he was a hapless, loving man unconscious of his state.