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Sonnet for a Woman MAG

By Jane B., Swarthmore, PA

     In China, we wrap cloth around our feet
Urging toes to take distorted shapes.
Tighter for a place with the elite,
Not a cry of pain from us escapes.
Our tender, fragile bones are cracked and broken
Shackling us as prisoners of our home
Destined to be quiet, meek, soft spoken,
Waiting on a man who is free to roam.
Nowadays these bindings squeeze our waists
We sip our low-fat shakes and nibble carrots.
Skin stretched tight to suit another’s tastes
Regardless of our other strengths and merits.

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i love this so much!

on Dec. 5 2009 at 11:25 pm
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on Sep. 20 2009 at 4:51 pm
Neocutey24 SILVER, Forestville, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Nice. Connecting footbinding to present day. My world history teacher would love you.