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Honor


Tahereh Tavous
December 26, 2005
iranian.com

 

please, tell me what to do

............ order

............ ............ command

............ ............ ............ yell it

so your spit covers my face

kindly, push me back down in my seat

do not let me stand

there is no need for it

shove my head down when it dares look up

so my eyes remain pure

clean

............ empty

............ ............ yours

slap your hand across my mouth

should it dare open to speak

keep me in my place

ah no, not mine, yours

your place

because there is no my

that would imply the existence of an I

there is only a her

sitting quietly with her head down and lips shut

because the shes and the hers

were creating for the Yous

to look at. stare at. yell at. grab at. mock at. smirk at. kick at. throw at. spit at.

better yet, cover her

all of her

with black

everywhere

make her walk around clutching her black shadow

tight

so no man dare look. stare. grab. mock. smirk. kick. throw. spit.

that my dear, is your honor, and yours a l o n e.

 

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