Poetry: Someday I’ll Love Danielle DeTiberus by Danielle DeTiberus
In “Someday I’ll Love Danielle DeTiberus,” the speaker battles with the poet and the person: Danielle DeTiberus, herself. Confessional and defiant, this persona poem excites on many levels.
Someday I’ll Love Danielle DeTiberus
Even though she doesn’t exactly exist.
Born a Saint, dropped the name before
She bled, before her body even had time
To sin. Though, that’s not exactly true either,
Danielle, now is it. Something happened to you—
Your therapist asked what good would come from
Knowing, and at first you’d wanted to
Hit her. But now you’re thankful for your mind’s
Unlit corners. A Do Not Disturb sign still left
On a few dead-end-doors. Whatever happened
To Danielle, some part of her knew to dig until
She hit stone. And then to bury it deeper than that.
To fissure stone with water over time. Water beats
Rock, but so does paper. Oh, Danielle, everyone knows
You can never shut up. So why should only
Men get to say their names in poems. Even if
All your poems are about one thing— because
You can’t stand to take in everything at once.
You let all the herbs in your garden flower because
The dill looked like yellow stardust, the cilantro
Bolted to snow. Now the green leaves taste
Bitter as the parts of yourself that will never
Flower. You’re impractical and greedy.
Whenever you feel like loving yourself, try
To forget what your mother said to you. She is
Also waiting to love herself. And the only woman
More dangerous than one who loves herself
Is the one who can’t quite yet, but knows she should.
Someday, too, Danielle will love the speaker
Of her poems— who’s always trying to make sense,
Make new, make right. The truth is, even though
She can write anything she wants, there’s always
A body, a mother, a failure, a flower. Stones and
Bones ground down to dust. Always something
Missing and her hunger and your hunger:
A hungry Danielle caterpillar waiting
To transform into some winged thing. Danielle,
I’d wanted to love you by the end of this poem,
But instead I’ve made you into a worm again.
Forgive me, I keep wanting to split us in two.
Danielle DeTiberus, someday, someday soon.