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Poetry by Farida Samerkhanova 

Farida lives in Toronto, Canada, and English is her third language, after Tatarian and Russian.




© 2009 Farida Samerkhanova







My friend Alice finds out that she is pregnant

And calls a guy with whom she slept once.

The guy says he cannot be the father

Because he cleaned himself up last year.


The guy did say to his girlfriend

That she could not have children by him

And she is sleeping with someone else

As a backup option.


The backup option is married

But his marriage is rocky

And he casually sees other women.

One of those women is me.






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