Runaway     ran away

gone from a man claimed the girl
a man named the girl
       got the girl
                     stored up in his room


                                           •

                                     ran away
runaway
                     gone
                                      Dinah   gone


                                           •

                                                                 19 years
                                     of age
         about five foot three inches
brown hair         a cask-shaped mark over her left eye


                                           •

no one speaks          no speech
       just hatching

 

                                         •

                                       thought he knew her well
when she was in there with him
                                   not a word was spoken
                who to trust now?
thought he knew


                                           •

                                   presents a gap
between her upper foreteeth when she smiles
Camille Dungy, "Runaway ran away" from Suck on the Marrow. Copyright © 2010 by Camille Dungy.  Reprinted by permission of Red Hen Press.
Source: Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010)
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