Jenny Doughty

A Reply from the Subject

Death shall not brag thou wanderst in his shade
While in eternal lines to time thou growest.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

My summer’s day was ended long ago;
my shade remains still locked within your lines.
My grave lies where no one will ever know
or care about, but yours became a shrine
for tourists hot upon the culture trail
of England that you so immortalized.
Oh you who thought your sonnets could not fail
to live beyond your time, were you surprised
that I did not bend to your will? I am
the one forgotten here, the mystery—
I tell you that I do not give a damn
for words that wipe me out of history.
Tell me, you readers, look across the span
of time: am I a woman or a man?

Schrödinger’s Valentine

I was uncertain if the heart
inside my breast was live or dead:
a particle apart from me
collapsing to a wave instead.

You lifted my heart’s lid and all
uncertainty was gone. How fast
I fell in love’s unknown but my
position is precise at last.


Jenny Doughty is a former English teacher and Education Adviser to Penguin UK. Originally British, she has lived in Maine since 2002. Her poems have appeared in, among others, The Aurorean, Naugatuck River Review, Four Way Review, and several anthologies. She is currently President of the Maine Poets Society. Her first book of poems, Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2017.


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