The Ride in Pride, the Write of Righteous Indignation | Ruth Sabath Rosenthal

This old heart of mine no longer beats
down the doldrums, nor turns humdrum
bright as gold, as it did in my prime;

and nightly, in dreams high in my vessel
of wanting delight, it’s strangers acting
out my desires. Imagine that! Intruders

beating me to the punch in the quest for
hot sex: Moist bodies embrace, legs, twixt
& twain, heighten each twist & turn

of a lusty mind. This particular morning
I wake far from alright, vowing to lotion
my loins, daily, perfume my skin and, if

my old man again says Not tonight dear
I’ll write this craft of mine, shove it
in his face, and ride out the current

into the sunset with as much dignity
as I can muster.


Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York City poet, well published in the U.S. and,
also, internationally. In October 2006, her poem “on yet another birthday” was nominated for a Pushcart prize by Ibbetson Street Press. Ruth has authored chapbook “Facing Home” published by Finishing Line Press and, also, 4 full-length poetry books published by Paragon Poetry Press, Inc: “Facing Home and beyond;” “little, but by no means small;” “Food: Nature vs Nurture;” and “Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten.” The books are available from (U.S.)

Feel free to check out Ruth’s websites: and and her blog site:

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