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Shrinking Girl
by: Stacey

Slippery, shivering,
Shrinking girl,
The hole in her heart,
The hole, a hunger;
engulfing her until
she is defined by it,
She stumbles invisibly
Through this sharp world,
bumping and scraping,
Always bruised by it
Despite her invisibility.
She chooses death by default,
Morbid, terrified,
She is determined down it's path
Petrafied at the largeness of life.
"The world is fooled," She says,
"Thinness glows, radiating life, happiness."
Yet hollow cheeks and eyes cry out,
An image of the death inside her.
She has her shrinking frame,
Her growing fear,
Shredded knuckles,
And disdainful stares.
She translates: "fat!"
Slinking again
Into the hole of her heart
To disappear.

©2000 Stacey. Reprinted with Permission.

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