Catherine Fitzpatrick

Uxorious Sonnet 1

The God of Love, as everyone complains
Is tricksy, vicious, makes you act the fool,
Or drives you wild with arrows, smites and pains:
We've read the poems, they got taught in school.
They're right. I know, since I'm a lover too.
I am transfixed and pierced and whipped and burned
Lit up, consumed, the whole thesaurus through
Not suffering, or jealous, sad or spurned
But through a love of most uxorious kind:
We live together, have a decade now,
We cook, we wear pajamas as we plod
Around the house, we walk the dog, we find
The time to kiss, and have the odd small row,
And this is love. In all of this, the God.

Uxorious Sonnet 4

Our life is boring. Now and then we get
Some friends to dinner, or we hit a bar,
But mostly not. Our sofa's soft, I've set
Us up a small ad-hoc home cinema,
We have a Switch, and what we do is play
2-player co-op games (not very well)
And watch Inspector Morse or Cadfael,
And sometimes even order take-away.
What nights of joy are these! Of course they give
Me pleasure in themselves—I'm snug, well-fed
And entertained, but none of that's the true
Delight, which is but merely that I live
With her, that now we maybe have ahead
Ten thousand nights where this is what we do.


Cat Fitzpatrick is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University—Newark and the Editrix at LittlePuss Press. She wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss (Topside Press) and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers, which won the ALA Stonewall award for Literature. Her verse novel The Call-Out is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press in November 2022.


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