Friday, January 28, 2011

Theresa

Broad-buttocks
flat-chested
with a back staircase smell

At thirteen
you tell stories
ripping holes in childhood

Last year your mother
took to bed with bad teeth,
and had them pulled at a clinic
where root canals
cost more than winter fuel

After class you showed me
hand shaped purple spots
and spoke of kissing boys
and having babies
and living on your own

10 comments:

  1. Arg. I see this child through your excellent words. Sad state of affairs, to be sure.

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  2. Sad, but lovely. Everyone has a story with their own cross to bear don't they?

    ~laurie

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  3. Linda that last stanza is quite powerful. Sad and unfortunately true, all too often.
    Well done.
    Pamela

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  4. This is a great word portrait, well done!

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  5. A searing portrait, but so well done!

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  6. what images, Linda. Poignant.

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  7. Riveting portrait of someone's too real life. Well done.

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  8. Interesting - especially the back staircase smell.

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