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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pride in Having Small Feet

slimsy girls
bustled & padded

With such carriages as these
equipoise is nearly impossible

Mental beauties
open yourselves
     o   pen

Being “all used up”
every day for weeks is wrong

& doubles
the myriad feminine dangers
of nervous force

I, too,
without a word of excuse
formerly lived as an unmitigated ninny

Linger upon the chaise
of this simple lesson:

Might you unlearn
to resent the joy
the world takes in you,

to return its gaze

From For Girls (& Others), Bloof 2008

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