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Sara K. Penrod

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No vessel that sailed the Arctic seas has raised so much speculation or triggered imaginations as has the legendary Hudson's Bay Company steamer 'Baychimo.'..  
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by Sara K. Penrod
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Woman, look at this body you have created.


Look at the skin you’ve caressed,


the skin you’ve scrubbed raw, trying


to feel clean again.


 


Woman, look at the face you’ve examined


so many times


through the looking glass:


the bump on the bridge of your once-broken


nose, the indentation of chicken pox


by your right eye, the lips you nibble


till they crack and bleed.


 


Woman, look at the shoulders


you’ve stooped and straightened


and tensed. Look at the arms that reach out


and that carry, the arms that hug your rib cage


to hold yourself in.


 


Woman, look at the scars,


the trenches and valleys you’ve torn


by accident


or not accident,


raised and red and tender.


 


Woman, look at the hips


where you have perched children


and clothesbaskets. Look at the belly


that aches and rumbles,


shrinks and grows.


 


Woman, look at the legs,


knock-kneed and stubbly. Look


at the feet you drag and shuffle


and blister, the feet you thrust out


in practiced kicks.


 


Look, Woman, look close and long


at what is real.



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