black and blue, all over

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
about women and foot binding.

Submitted: April 04, 2008

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black and blue, all over

The lasting crease between your eyebrows, and
Your lotus feet and toiled hands;
They murmur things I’d rather not understand.

I trace the speckled map of your face
And it takes me places
I would rather not go,
Places where you’ve been.

Your skin is chagrin, shagreen,
Your pores are large,
But your feet are so small
You can hardly walk without pain or falling,
And that justifies the means.

You of the moon,
You of the aperture curse,
You have suffered greatly for their right
To plunder your lips to the bone,
And you are black and blue all over.


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