Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Happy Marriage

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Happy Marriage

Article excerpt

My life, like a sandbar, has been taken over by a monster of a man. He wanted my body under his control so that if he wishes, he can spit in my face, slap me on the cheek and pinch my rear. So that if he wishes, he can rob me of my clothes and take the naked beauty in his grip. So that if he wishes, he can pull out my eyes so that if he wishes, he can chain my feet if he wishes, he can with no qualms whatsoever use a whip on me if he wishes, he can chop off my hands, my fingers. If he wishes, he can sprinkle salt in the open wound, he can throw ground-up black pepper in my eyes. So that if he wishes, he can slash my thigh with a dagger, so that if he wishes, he can string me up and hang me.

He's wanted my heart under his control so that I would love him: in my lonely house at night, sleepless, full of anxiety, clutching at the window grille I would wait for him and sob. My tears rolling down, I would bake homemade bread, so that I would drink, as if they were ambrosia, the filthy liquids of his polygynous body. …

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