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by Shivshankar Menon
(Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India)

You don't believe me when I say

That it is this girl's face

That intrigues me : it doesn't seem

To belong to her body,so divinely,so

Earthily shaped and exposed

In a million YouTube viewings

Her eyes tell a different story as if she

Is letting her body live dangerously

Letting the world do what it likes with it

While her heart remains in the small town

Where she grew with dreams

Of becoming a teacher or doctor until

Made brutally aware by someone, somewhere

That there was a ready market for bodies

Like her's ; that the day would come when she

Would be able to name her price


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