soiled my jeans lie in heaps beneath me
blood marrs the sheets and they stain so easily
swollen wrists, knees, and you swelled inside me
and it took nine months to destroy my body

I was the dancer
my head filled with laughter
and then the disaster
you came sometime after

I was young then
full of grace then
but oh, resentments

l. o. v. e. scratched your name into me
f. a. c. e. and it's traces of me
curls round your cheeks, christ, you looked just like me
when you took nine months to destroy my body

now I'm in my bed
you tore me asunder
and years after labor
its all I remember

I was young then
full of grace then
but oh, resentments


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  • +1
    General CommentWell... For me, it's the story of a woman who stop her career (she was dancer) to have a child.
    I think "the disaster" means complications during her pregnancy which weakened her body.

    The delivery was very hard too.
    "you tore me asunder"

    She couldn't dance for a long time, but she didn't lost hope and has worked hard to dance again.
    But when it finally succeeded, people told her she was now too old.

    That's why she's resentful, finally she thought that she shouldn't have a child and should continue her career.

    DDmmYYon June 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta. maz. ing.
    elleonon July 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou tore me asunder*
    heartbeats_xxxon October 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand then the disaster
    you came sometime after

    I was young then
    full of grace then


    that part is very similar to Mirah's "mount saint helen's"
    hmm
    subterraneanzeroon July 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"then the disaster" - rape
    "you came sometime after" - child resulted from it

    That's why she's resentful
    birdvsairplaneon July 27, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about a resentful mother.

    I think that's worse than an ungrateful child.
    brokentoyon March 21, 2009   Link

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