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Marie Antoinette

They gave me shoes, velvet heels that spun like windmills,
dribbles of satin, laces gossamer as imagined spider threads.
They designed me shoes to be orchids, bees drowsed around my feet. I give them names.
But they took my language, words shaped in my own tongue,
familiar as milk and bed.
The language they gave me, I never exactly knew what the words meant.
I pouted, smiled, fluttered my eyelashes until they were hummingbirds.
They murmured of people starving, bakeries hollow of flour,
echoes of the rights of the man. But they said not to worry. Silly things.
So we dressed as shepherdess, lambs washed until they were pillows.
Our crooks hooked the sun. They gave me extravagant pastries,
almond, cherry palaces in my mouth. I could not shape the names.
Then they showed me the cards that were circulating of me, the crowds howled when they saw them.
My face was a false moon on some other body.
This body was on all fours, someone thrusting inside into it.
I heard other words "wanton", "capricious", "strumpet" & "whore".
So when they hacked my neck, blade falling a descending swallow,
I realized I finally understood this language.
Shoes and guillotines
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Sammur-amat Oct 4, 2013   General Artist
just please keep being beautiful you
and belated congratulations on the DLD, dearling :huggle: <3
swansisters Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dear one, always happy to hear from you. Thank youHug . It has been a long week, a friend of mine killed himself a week ago Saturday. But I am doing better and it is time to start writing. Writing heals
WhitePlumFragrance Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The images are very powerful, and the style as well. :)
swansisters Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. I have been told by others that they think I think in images. :happybounce: 
madameshadowenn Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I'm Jasmine, a staff blogger from :iconpoeticalcondition:. Just to let you know I've featured your piece in this journal:
It's a round-up of all of our members who have received a DLD or DD over the past few weeks, so please do check it out!
swansisters Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I an honored. :happybounce: 
madameshadowenn Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's my pleasure, really :)
Congratulations on your DLD! :clap:
swansisters Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. I am very happy. 
You're welcome. It was a wonderful piece. :)
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