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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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