"Rooted in Place"
Perseverance is no beauty;
her body is slim and attenuated,
her breasts barely formed
and arms altogether absent.
She can hear what people say about her:
there is nothing whatsoever wrong with her ears.
She leans back, leans away,
turns her face to the side
in a thorough show of rejection.
Skin the color of cottage cheese
ends just above the ankles;
her feet are huge and human
and they never want to go anywhere.
It is almost as if she has roots
instead of heel and sole and toes.
Yes, that is it:
Perseverance is rooted in the past,
she is what her body has made of her,
and for all of her resistance
she cannot escape herself.
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