Woman, Moth

by Linda Numagami

Written for Poetry Workshop (LARTS 334, Fall 2013)

 

Woman

one out of four taken

won out of your foreplay

won out of the womb

 

 

the Womb worn out from the abuse

from the patriach

oh, danna-sama

 

He patted the womb, from there the patriach is born

what has in part born me has worn me

as a trophy, a gem, a daughter

 

Moth

porcelain frame crunched to the limited wall

its spectral being, vastly dimming.

pastel bloodless lips—flimsy and broken now

 

 

Her neck cannot take.

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