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She was out in Cairo’s
Tahrir Square
saying no
to the theft
of her future,
her blue bra
cupping
young breasts,
exposed
when soldiers
bludgeoned
her
for defending
hard-​won
revolution,
ripped off
her concealing
abaya,
stomped
her slender
chest.
The bright
blue bra
shining out
went viral,
proclaimed
that under
the heavy layers
men
hide

their women in,
an actual person
could make a choice
about—
if nothing else—
her underwear.


Liane Ellison Norman

A writer since childhood, Liane Ellison Norman has published six books of poetry, four books of non-​fiction, one novel and many articles and essays.

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