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the towel wrapped around
hangs, no breasts, no hips
just twelve ribs and
a stomach indented
bright pink nail paint
as if to distract
us from what we see,
the sallow, sunken face
her bottle-dyed hair
the only weight on her body,
what does she see
in those poorly veneered eyes?
does she see all the knobs
of her bird-hollowed bones,
or the chubby little kid
who was always picked
last in gym class?

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bethanyebethany said...
Aug. 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm:
Wow, I love this! It's so good.  This is really amazing. Oh, and we both live in East Tennessee!!
 
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chastity said...
May 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm:
wow this is so great!!!!
 
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imawriter? said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm:
Wow. The topic is somewhat disturbing, but I liked it. You shed a little light for a subject that is avoided and ignored. Great job!
 
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Muntaha J. said...
Sept. 6, 2009 at 4:53 pm:
I can somewhat really relate to this. Thanks for reminding me. =)
 
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Stephanie L. said...
Aug. 20, 2009 at 3:20 am:
made me think nice!
 
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sallysunshine said...
Aug. 13, 2009 at 3:36 am:
I like the poem it reminds me of the time I was in 6 grade.
 
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Shannon_McCauley said...
Jul. 31, 2009 at 7:58 am:
Good poem... very detailed but very eerie.. if thats whats you were going for then good job... but yea good job... read my poetry if you want
 
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Sirenna G. said...
Jul. 21, 2009 at 12:05 am:
UUmm wow....a very deep throught circles my mind after reading this...
 
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Melinda L. said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm:
Wow, that was...slightly disturbing. I loved it, though. Great job! Keep writing!
 
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Like*Whoa!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 13, 2009 at 1:23 am:
it's interestingg, i like that it wasnt in 1st person like most poems about this topic usually are...somewhat disturbing, but it grabbed my attention. Good job ohh and check out my work pleasee:)
 
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Christian R. said...
Jul. 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm:
this is Amazing! good point!!
 
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aussie65 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm:
It was touching, and very well written. But it also seemed like a topic I have seen done over and over, or something i would have to read in health class. But that aside, your imagery was disturbing as the subject, and i enjoyed it.
 
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LilJ<3 said...
Jul. 7, 2009 at 11:43 pm:
i liked this. it had a sort of creepy edge to it but i think thats what completes it. great job.
 
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Sarah B. said...
Jul. 3, 2009 at 5:09 am:
This is a very good piece. I agree, it's slightly disturbing, but definitely a style i love to write and read. Inspirable.
 
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HurricaneHaley said...
Jun. 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm:
awesome:)
 
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Alyssa-Rose P. said...
Jun. 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm:
heyy love the poem. it's rather eerie (:
 
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Ian G. said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm:
Hmm...very disturbing...i like it :)
 
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Courtney B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 1:34 am:
This amazes me. =]
Feel free to check out my work. =]
 
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