cherry blossom

at school
we would compete

to tie

cherry stalks

in knots

with a flick

of tongues

we would laugh
at our dexterity

or the lack

thereof

we would spoon
melting chocolate
into our mouths

we would lick
our chins
with glee

did we suspect
then
that
this was power

did we know even
then
that
we would be robbed

held up

and forced

to hand over

our schoolgirl games

i see many women

grown up

with their mouths

mainly

shut

at school
we were taught

the taste

of shame

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