Kathryn Stripling Byer

(1944 / Camilla, Georgia)

Vanity - Poem by Kathryn Stripling Byer

Without hands
a woman would stand at her mirror
looking back only,
not touching, for how could she?
The pulse points that wait to be dusted
with jasmine
or lavender.
The lips she rubs
rose with a forefinger.
She tends the image
she sees in her glass,
the cold replication
of woman,
the one
who dared eat
from her own hand
the fruit of self-knowledge.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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