Poetry

My place


judged too much
by others


			auntie telling mom
				put that girl on a diet
				she’s too big!
			me, not yet nine


			schoolyard taunts
				fatty fatty two-by-four
				couldn’t get through the bathroom door
				so she pissed 
				on the floor


			guys in bars, smirking
			announcing to each other
				here comes a lard ass


so many years later
learning
to cry
				breathe

c. 2010 Bernadette Wagner, This hot place (Thistledown Press)

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