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Our Whole Life

Adrienne Rich

Our whole life a translation 
the permissible fibs

and now a knot of lies 
eating at itself to get undone

Words bitten thru words

~~

meanings burnt-off like paint 
under the blowtorch

All those dead letters 
rendered into the oppressor's language

Trying to tell the doctor where it hurts 
like the Algerian 
who waled form his village, burning

his whole body a could of pain 
and there are no words for this

except himself

Added: 30 Sep 2002 | Last Read: 19 Jan 2018 12:18 AM | Viewed: 10090 times

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