THE PLACE OF A WOMAN: Poetry, by Imtiaz Dharker

THE PLACE OF A WOMAN

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You must be careful to mouth,

especially if you’re a woman.

A smile is stifled,

with the hem of her sari.

No one must see

your serenity cracked,

even joy.

If you occasionally need to scream,

fault alone,

but in front of a mirror,

where you can see the strange shape

that takes the mouth,

before you rub it on.

(Imtiaz Dharker)

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