She has grown out of herself – Candice Louisa Daquin

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The girl, the gash, the glory

she was once even referred to as happy whore

sinister slut, fake good girl

the girl of multifaces

is no longer a girl

she has grown out of herself

the sharp thorns of her virginity

long bled

she is now a woman of dubious age

standing on the hemmed periphery of other girls with elastic limbs

their body language leans away, saying; she is no longer their sister

(they whisper, they whisper)

an aging divide

four and five, divide by nine

long multiplication

she has been subtracted out

something about the lines in her eyes

she’s not one of us, they say in collective pollen count

coming together like a quilt

leaving her to wade out into flat water

only five years ago, only less than that

when she had a full head of bright hair and nimble back

she somersaulted in their field

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10 thoughts on “She has grown out of herself – Candice Louisa Daquin

  1. Magnificent… common language as metaphor for emotional reality:

    “an aging divide

    four and five, divide by nine

    long multiplication

    she has been subtracted out”…

    Good stuff, Daquin!

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