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keep secret the fact of yourself: for the daughters of rape

keep secret the fact of yourself: for the daughters of rape
This part of himself which he had given her
Then taken back on this same day, earlier
His ugly afternoon of loving her too much.
He would scream as she had
When she had taken him in first as a leg-bone
And held him there too long, too much
Until he had become a pinky-finger

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Which she took now and put in the dowry
She would make for her new daughter.
With it she would write a note,
Nothing else was left to do:
Daughter, you will be an only child.
The story of your birth will smell on you.
Do this: take baths filled with rosemary
With leaves, with pinched orange peels.
Keep secret the fact of yourself.
Be happy enough, happy with this much life.
Ask for nothing. Do not live for a long time.

Alberto Ríos

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