I Gave You My Work, Gilbert
They published The EmigrantsÓ.Some thought it was yours.This, I gave. I gave.Our baby, Fanny, I gave. IAllowed being Mary Imlay. I gaveMy name without a marrying.You asked why I was studying botany.It came from visiting Eton. They wereDiscussing the need for gentlemenTo know such subjects asThe theory of whales.So then. You are gone. You didn?t like the way I walked.Too determined.Ó You hated myArms swinging, tenseÓ you said. Oh I would have bribed you, Gilbert,With more than a book and a babyIf I could. I would have lockedYou away in my heartForever. You said I talked too much.Did you know, That whales move more by hearing than sight?Or dare I not say what you do not know.