How You Write About Me

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Artwork by John Paul Antido

Silent-stepping, soft-caressing;

Tinsel-twittering, jasmine-sipping;

Everything I am not.

Behind a thousand legends,

An untold story.

Neither dragon nor butterfly

Nor tiger nor monkey

Nor helper nor victim

Nor mistress nor slave.

Woman of her own conception,

Unbeknownst to the Imagination;

She who stares, unflinchingly,

Saber-toothed student of Western tongues.

Cursed are the meek

For all that I am:

Giant-slaying, disobeying;

Unmoored outcast

Aboard a sailing ship,

Unmanned.

xx

S. Bansil

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