15.1 Burning Feet
My red swollen feet burn
like the heating coil
inside a boiling kettle,
building up heat,
till the heels jerk
with cutting pain!
15.2 Tightly Wrapped Foot
My left foot is like a rice dumpling
tightly wrapped with bamboo leaves
and tied with a strong string
into my skin, soft sole, and bone.
It burns like a swollen, cooked, dumpling
with the rice and beans inside
wanting to burst through the bamboo leaves.
Trying to loosen up the strings
the foot protests in spasm.
15.3 Bound feet
My feet are very tightly bound
with long cloth laced with warm coarse sand:
Burning inside and outside,
yet numb to touch on the surface.
Was that how my ancient sisters felt
in their little, forcibly bound feet?
15. 4 Beautiful Feet
How beautiful my feet are this morning!
No botchy redness
No fluid retention
Flat and skinny with
clearly visible veins and arches.
Like they used to be not long ago.
Where are my beautiful, slim-line Italian shoes?
An Electric Kettle in Use. Photo by Lee J. Hayward. In public Domain, via-http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brita_kettle.jpg
Bamboo Leaf Rice Dumplings. Zongzi. Photo by Koika.
CC AS-A 3.0 Unportes License, via –
Bound Feet of a Chinese Lady (Die verkrüppelten Füße einer vornehmen Chinesin. (1911). Photo by Albert Friedenthal. In public domain, via –
A Slim-Line Shoe. Photo by JHCompany. CC0 Public Domain License, via –