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Poem: "In Want Of" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "In Want Of"
This poem came out of the September 2013 Creative Jam. It was inspired by this sculpture in a series by Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

Warning: This poem contains intense material about wants and needs, body shape and disability. Also the setting is dystopic. If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.


"In Want Of"


She kneels,
bent forward by
the weight of her craving,
made manifest in her two huge hands.

Pressed together at the edges,
they are nearly the size of her whole torso,
bright pink against the pallor of her body.

She has been named for them, Acceptance,
and she takes what she is given.

Her fingers wiggle, a little,
pleading with unseen benefactors --
give me, give me, give me --
unseen, because
she has no eyes
in her shrunken head.

She cannot reason,
cannot distinguish between
wants and needs,
cannot use logic to master
the harsh pull of her desire

so she is in want of everything
because she is unable to perceive
the having of it.

* * *

Notes:

Acceptance is a virtue. There are ways to cultivate it.

Choi Xoo Ang is a Korean artist.

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: May 31st, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aiiiii, poor her!

• Her fingers wiggle, at little,
?→ a little
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 31st, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> Aiiiii, poor her! <<

The Diminished have many challenges, and are often treated badly by society. But then again, it's not a very nice place for anyone. Dystopias are like that. :( Some people manage to scrape up a happy life anyhow, though.

>> • Her fingers wiggle, at little,
?→ a little <<

Fixed, thanks.
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