Winter 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1994 |

Years of Girlhood (For My Students)

All the years of girlhood we wait for them, Impatient to catch up, to have power Inside our sweaters, to replace our mothers. O full identity, O shape, we figure, We are God's gift to the world And the world's gift to God, when we grow breasts, When the lovers lick them And brings us there, there, in the fragrant wet, When the babies nuzzle like bees.

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