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(for my daughter)

Composed in a shine of laughing, Monique brings in sacks
of groceries, unloads them, straightens, and stretches her back.

The child was a girl, the girl is a woman; the shift   
is subtle and absolute, worn like a gift.

The woman, once girl once child, now is deft in her ease,   
is door to the forum, is cutter of keys.

In space that her torque and lift have prefigured and set free   
between her mother and her child the woman stands   
having emptied her hands.

Marie Ponsot, “Between” from The Green Dark. Copyright © 1988 by Marie Ponsot. Reprinted with the permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
Source: The Green Dark (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988)
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