POEM: MYTH BY MURIEL RUKEYSER

Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the

roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was

the Sphinx. Oedipus said, ‘I want to ask one question.

Why didn’t I recognize my mother?’ ‘You gave the

wrong answer,’ said the Sphinx. ‘But that was what

made everything possible,’ said Oedipus. ‘No,’ she said.

‘When I asked, What walks on four legs in the morning,

two at noon, and three in the evening, you answered,

Man. You didn’t say anything about woman.’

‘When you say Man,’ said Oedipus, ‘you include women

too. Everyone knows that.’ She said, ‘That’s what

you think.’

via POEM: MYTH BY MURIEL RUKEYSER.

Advertisements

Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s