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Was she ready to explode?
Was she ready to cry?
Someone invited her
to take off her clothes
and step into the circle
She grimly did so while
swallowing her pride
Or was it her hurt?
or was it the other
way around? Her
showing superiority?

She stood naked before the group
I couldn't read her face
could you?
Where have we seen such a face before?
I remember the movie!
A man being tortured
and he will not talk
nor will he scream out
nor will he show tears
or signs of pain
He has the Mona Lisa

Someone in the group
pulled her to the floor
and fucked her
She was tender
and appreciative
and took him into her arms
like the Madonna

Irwin R. Shaw - March 30th 1988