Monday, 14 May 2018 13:42

Dirty word

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Dirty word

On  Friday 25th May, Irish citizens will vote in a referendum on abortion rights.

Dirty Word

by Susan Millar DuMars

The first three fourths are fine.
The listening ear of c
the deep bowl of u
curved bridge n; but then
the tiny crucifix at tail end tips us
away from rounded lips
to a sound we make with closed teeth
and spit. Like that,
my tenderest part, an epithet.

And we can’t talk about
what goes in or out of it
and I have to petition
just to gain control of it
and you wonder why
I’m of two minds about it?

My sweetest place. The cruelest taunt.
I try to write its name down. Can’t.

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Susan Millar DuMars

Susan Millar DuMars is the author of four poetry collections, all published by Salmon Poetry.  The most recent, Bone Fire, appeared in 2016.  

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