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my mother flicks
her cigarette
switches
on the flame
under the black
cast-iron

hair gleaming
titian
in the lamp-light

when she sees me
and boils over

my head hits
the bittersweet wall-to-wall
cosmos in my eyes

trapped
under the table
like evenings of liver 
onions limas and sit
there until you eat
i guard the injuries

turning from indigo
to pitch
 A response to Lucille Clifton's "to my last period."  Title is from the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
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if you can't stand -- by *fernknits is an evocative response to one perspective on womanhood. ( Featured by neurotype )
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FridayatMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an interesting poem. xP
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fernknits Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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FridayatMidnight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
^^
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely brilliant, and I can completely see why it was given a DD. So sad, but almost bittersweet in a way. Like the narrator is looking back on something that has made her stronger and therefore that experience still has some value.
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fernknits Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for reading, and for the very insightful comment. <3
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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fernknits Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
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justmeandmycoffee Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
WTG Fern!!!  Congrats!
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fernknits Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much, justme <3
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justmeandmycoffee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
You're welcome!
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