Varya in the Corner

The second princess in a house of princes
Where being a boy is a birthright and a girl a burden
No long-limbed elegant lady you
Turned out calves and a solid broad hips
Made for carrying burdens and babies
From a girl
Bound for labor not adoration (you knew)
Wide set eyes inspiring affection
But not the luminous adoration of finer gentlemen

What did it mean in your heart?
Pinching and pining like a wild animal in your bosom
As you raised your young brother favored child,

Was there a moment of resolution
Watching the promenade
Beautiful faces at masquerade
Begrudging an overflow of dance card appointees
You’d determine to call the tune?


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