Every day I learnt new words

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Every day I learnt new words

I kept lists hidden between the rolled-up balls of my 
socks and panties
I dreamt and wrote it down:
Attended a party in a golden dress

I read books and underlined and lugged around a dictionary
and annotated ─ at intervals bringing the pencil tip
to the left corner of my mouth (contemplatively)

I buried my secrets in the ground
getting dirtier

For my own sake I learnt new words every day

I trusted in the process
imagined a wing coming out of my back bit by bit
one small segment of rainbow-clear wing
and then another

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