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Pagan

8.04.2013

for Muriel Rukeyser


At home
in the countryside
I make the decision
to leave your book
--overdue at the library--
face up, "promiscuous"
out in the sun.

Pagan.

I laugh to see
this was our religion
all along.

Hidden
even from ourselves
taught
early
not to touch
the earth.

Years of white gloves
straight seamed hose.
"Being good girls."
Scripture like chains.
Dogma like flies.
Smiles like locks
and lies.



- Alice Walker

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