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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Forbidden Feet

by Bill Wolak

Respectable Roman women
always kept their feet concealed
wearing a long toga called a strola,
which was weighted at the bottom
to drag slightly along the ground
like a mist around her sandals.
Only a prostitute celebrating
some erotic festival like the Bacchanalia
dared display her bare feet in public
while dancing half-naked in the streets
and offering herself to any strangers
who happened to pass by
for as long as drinking continued
and the ecstatic music echoed
through temple courtyards.

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