FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: BABETTE DEUTSCH

NATURAL LAW
by BABETTE DEUTSCH


If you press a stone with your finger,
Sir Isaac Newton observed,
The finger is also
Pressed by the stone.
But can a woman, pressed by memory’s finger,
In the deep night, alone,
Of her softness move
The airy thing
That presses upon her
With the whole weight of love? This
Sir Isaac said nothing of.

Babette Deutsch (1895-1982) was a poet, novelist, teacher, editor, and translator who was born and lived in New York City.  She taught at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University, where she received her honorary doctorate.