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A Quintuple of Poets: Part III

Anne Sexton, during 18th Century Beyrouth, Liban  
 
was bleak throughout childhood—  
adolescence stuck between teeth;
such awkward moments  
 mirroring an arranged marriage;  
 
sowed what could not be spoken:
  reticent, crippled words    
  beneath unearthed rows  
  resembling knotted yarn  
unraveling posthumously;  
 
immolates truth inside clay urns—  
donned the unexplained expectantly:  
  daughters dressed as puppets
  lips stained with pomegranate  
  posture perfect, traditional dress    
  feigned smiles instead;  
 
grew a shadow long enough to disappear
  into new methods of husbandry;
or, across barley fields at dusk—  
  dark wings
flopping in [her] heart

~
Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
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Image: Portrait de femme, Beyrouth, Liban, circa 1875. Tirage albuminé. by Dumas.
Italics: Anne Sexton
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