Woolf Unafraid

Virginia dear,

you may once have called me

‘a penniless Jew’

but I am the keeper of your lighthouse,

I’m not afraid of you

or your flight of the mind

on a voyage out on waves.

Throughout the years,

every night and day,

you have been my Mrs Dalloway

and, between the acts,

there is no ignoring the fact

that you wrote in your diary:

‘Love-making—after 25 years

can’t bear to be separate…

You see it is enormous pleasure

being wanted: a wife.

And our marriage so complete.’


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Leonard and Virginia, looking close in Monk’s House garden, image found on www.telegraph.co.uk