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Ode to My Breasts by Katherine E. Faigen
If you define womanhood
Then I Am Woman.
In epic squares have stood
But you Bernini could never imagine.
I was so young when first you grew
Ivory apples peeping through my swimsuit.
On my body, I was so happy to have you
Ripening quickly, lush, enormous fruit.
How harmless you were, at first I thought
Ordinary as my arms, my eyes, my nose.
From female peers who were distraught
At the sight of you, half bared in pale repose.
So cumbersome at times, so… there
Uncontrolled by bra, or shirt, or dress.
Trials and tests
A girlfriend's scorn, her boyfriend's hungry stare
Outdated accessories lacking finesse.
BIO: "Call'd Plain Kate, Bonnie Kate and sometimes Kate the Curst," poet Katherine E. Faigen, from Bethesda, Maryland, is now in the last vestiges of getting her double degree in Creative Writing and French at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.