Body Politics

Mama said,


Real women

don’t steal

from the sky and wear clouds

on their eyelids.


Real women

eat rabbit well-done

not left half-raw

on their mouth.


Real women

have lots of meat

on their bones.

They’re not starving,

hobbled horses

with bony, grinding hips.


Real women caress

with featherstone hands

not with falcon fingernails

that have never worked.


When she was finished talking

she clicked her teeth

lifted her arse

and farted

at the passing

city women.


                                                             ~ Louise Bernice Halfe, 1994            


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