Maria Mazziotti Gillan

(1940 / United States)

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My Daughter At 14, Christmas Dance, 1981

Panic in your face, you write questions
to ask him. When he arrives,
you are serene, your fear
unbetrayed. How unlike me you are.

After the dance,
I see your happiness; he holds
your hand. Though you barely speak,
your body pulses messages I can read

all too well. He kisses you goodnight,
his body moving toward yours, and yours
responding. I am frightened, guard my
tongue for fear my mother will pop out

of my mouth. 'He is not shy,' I say. You giggle,
a little girl again, but you tell me he
kissed you on the dance floor. 'Once?'
I ask. ...

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