On Fickleness

Note the date of publication on the Johnson quote…

…as the faculty of writing has been chiefly a masculine endowment, the reproach of making the world miserable has been always thrown upon the women, and the grave and the merry have equally thought themselves at liberty to conclude either with declamatory complaints, or satirical censures, of female folly or fickleness, ambition or cruelty, extravagance or lust.

–Samuel Johnson, Rambler 18, Saturday, May 19, 1750


My eyes went away from me
Following a dark girl
who went by.

She was made of black mother-of-pearl,
Made of dark-purple grapes,
and she lashed my blood
with her tail of fire.

After them all
I go.

–Pablo Neruda, “The Fickle One”

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