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Girl Begging on the Champs Elysées

written by: Julia Caroline Knowlton

@julia_knowlton

 

Jedi knights cannot protect her. Shame on us all--

For shame. Her body bends over helpless mercy.

 

"What can I bring you?" I ask. "A Coke," she says.

Handing her the red can. Desperation and grace

 

In the light of her eyes. A chill October wind

Arrives in Paris. I leave her behind, struck dumb with grief.

Julia Caroline Knowlton

Julia Caroline Knowlton

Julia Caroline Knowlton PhD is Professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She is an MFA candidate in poetry & creative nonfiction at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She holds an American Academy of Poets College Prize, and is the author of the award-winning memoir _Body Story_ (2004). "Sorority Girl, 1984" is the second chapter of her new memoir.
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