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Opening linePoem
I shrank myself
Ladies, for argument's sake,
These myths going round, these legends, fairytales,
I remember peeping in at his skyscraper room
I sank like a stone
The bed we loved in was a spinning world
First things first. I married Faust.
At childhood's end
I'm not the first or the last
Ice in the trees.
That’s him pushing the stone up the hill, the jerk.
I’m fond, nereids and nymphs,
After I learned to transubstantiate
It was late September.
I’d loved them fervently since childhood.
Opening linePoem
Teach me, he said
Firstly, his hands - a woman's.
All I know is this:
Girls, I was dead and down
7 April 1852.
The Devil was one of the men at work,
A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy
In the convent, y'all
I had grieved.
There are the twins
By Christ, he could bore for Purgatory.
At first, I looked along the road
I'd done it before
Where I lived - Winter and hard earth.
Cold, I was, like snow, like ivory.

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