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Emily Bludworth de Barrios

The unbearable can actually be borne

 

The unbearable can actually be borne

 

The birthing book says

The abdominal wall might split in half

 

The perineum may need to be split

And breasts are really not

 

As society tells us

Designed for sex appeal and pleasure

 

So it does not matter what they look like after

 

An additional thing I give birth to

Is a setting down of vanity

 

Which feels like a rod of burnt or frosted pain

 

Setting down one’s vanity

One no longer carries the burden of it

 

Imagine your youth as a frosted plate

And you drop it and it splits in pieces

 

So now it is broken

You can clean it away and continue

 

 

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