Interior Paramour

by | Nov 15, 2017 | Poetry

As you see in Genesis 21, great was Sarah’s envy of Hagar . . .
                                             —St Antoninus

Your consort writes
Not a day or night goes by
when I do not think of you

to another woman.
He says he was lying.
You say, Then

or now? That night
at last you meet
him—pale ocean

eyes, red-gold
hair—your hands
touch, smiles near . . .

He says, This is a good
problem to have

Being pure light

his radiance
like a jack-o-lantern
shines from within

even when you wake
weirdly happy
and alone again.

Listen to this poem:

Interior Paramour by Barbara Ungar

Photo used under CC.

Poem read by Barbara Ungar and recorded by Leanne Ungar.

About The Author


Barbara Ungar’s sixth book, After Naming the Animals, is forthcoming in June 2023 from The Word Works. Her prior book, Save Our Ship, won the Snyder Publication Prize from Ashland Poetry Press and a Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and was a Distinguished Favorite at the Independent Press Awards. She has work forthcoming or recently published in Scientific American, Crazyhorse, and Small Orange. Her work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. A professor of English at The College of Saint Rose, she lives in Saratoga Springs, New York. For more details, see .