Monday, June 9, 2008

double-length bonus anecdote #4: different senior moment

she had a cyst cut out under her breast.
no coyness or shame left about her body.
this was medical too, this showing healing.

she hiked her sweater and beside gauze
her breasts were full. every dismissive,
ridicule from greeting card to textbook lied.

this senior's breasts? no shriveled stretched
sacks. the jokes, old breasts sagging to knees,
being antithesis of beauty... fell apart.

breasts as cones, balls, oblong, kinds,
not age, not beauty hierarchies for sale
but varieties, integral, acceptable.

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