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By CoffeeGirl17, Grand Rapids, MI

staring at the yellow girl
crunching cheerios
lock-jawed cow chewing cud
Her spine
pushes through
tissue paper skin

tube through the nose
wading through mucus
dried blood
and vanilla protein shakes

11 at night
feet hit the floor
mind crazed with exercise
and chocolate cake

Joel the pole on wheels
with plastic lungs
clothes collapse--
a tiny bum
into the sofa’s flesh

11 years old
keeps time
with steps down
endless hallways
cold showers

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