Folded

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Liu Liu

I’ve lived my whole life

Folded at the waist

A slave to petition

First as a child

Dependent on the pity

Of a mother

Who could neither

Prefer nor sustain her

Then as a student

Who, being spurned,

Could only beseech

Lastly as a woman

Whose rank relies

On the degree of intimacy

Obtained or intended

 

Your mouth looks as if

It has been ironed on

No aperture, just a bastion

Of conniving teeth

I love you because

You offer nothing

Not even the affectation

Of decency

And I in return

Can give nothing

Having been siphoned

Of both marrow and myth

 

We share a mutual enemy

Though I never address

Her by name she answers

Through the defacement

Of that which I hold dear

My heart

My safety

My sanity

Surrendered as stamps

To inhospitable nests

*

I am reading a book set in 19th Century China

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11 responses to “Folded

  1. the middle stanza details the interesting relationship, neither with anything to give…but they do…the though of being syphoned of myth and marrow….wow…jumped out at me…

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