Buried Alive

A poem by pisaquaririse
May 11, 2009, 11:51 am
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Photograph of the Girl

The girl sits on the hard ground,

the dry pan of Russia, in the drought

of 1921, stunned

eyes closed, mouth open,

raw hot wind blowing

sand in her face. Hunger and puberty are

taking her together. She leans on a sack,

layers of clothes fluttering in the heat,

the new radius of her arm curved.

She cannot be not beautiful, but she is

starving. Each day she grows thinner, and her bones

grow longer, porous. The caption says

she is going to starve to death that winter

with millions of others. Deep in her body

the ovaries let out her first eggs,

golden as drops of grain.

*Sharon Olds from The Dead and The Living

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Ahh yes: tragic poem of a girl’s suffering and slow death and wordpress believes it possibly related to “Top 5 ways to Tell if a Woman is Hitting On You.”

For the daft: Top Way to Tell if a Woman is Hitting on You
1. She is experiencing famine
(irony, yet)

Comment by pisaquaririse

That is shatteringly beautiful. (not the 5 ways to tell if a woman is hitting on you – I dread to even imagine what those 5 ways could possibly be, probably the uttering of international come-on “Fuck off loser”).

I do not know Sharon Olds so thank you for that heart wrenching introduction.

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