Meet The Girls

For NaPoWriMo: Day 2
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undefined, book, lines, fear, gift, secret

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Meet The Girls

Came when I was eleven
and not ready. Then refused
to stop growing. Been
problematic ever since, a twist
of fate’s dark humor.

They’ve never been a secret.
Always out in front, leading
the way, forever staring at my feet
perhaps expecting them to find
a better place to hang out.

Undefined, heavy, far too large
for a short woman, they were
always bound in public, lest
they escape and unleash
deepest fears.

Until now. I live alone. Don’t
have to worry about that kind
of exposure. Finally released,
they are free to be, to breathe.
No threat of smelly heat rash.

Supposedly a gift, but to or for
whom? Certainly never held
any perks in my book. These
may be the only lines ever
written about them.

And that would be a very good thing.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/2/2016

Notes: When it comes to prompts, mine are the hardest ones to write to. But, when I taught, I had a personal rule: I can’t ask anyone to do what I am not willing to do myself.
I really thought this was a good idea (exploring some of the taboos we have about certain words or subject matter). Then realized I’d have to do it myself. A rather hefty proposition
when you realize I’ve been writing for over forty years (started making notes when I was twenty-seven). But, without fail, my subconscious offered up two striking subjects I’d never written about, one really daunting, the other with humorous possibilities. As you can see, I chose humor. We have to laugh a lot through these next few weeks, or go bonkers.

The image is a photo of a double rainbow put through the kaleidoscope app. I’ve always liked it. When I went looking for a visual for this piece, I finally saw another possible interpretation. Here’s to ever more creativity…

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5 Responses to Meet The Girls

  1. Laughing here. Thank you for choosing humor, Elizabeth. This is good writing. I can tell you’ve given the girls a great deal of thought. 😉 Mine are small. I’ve always appreciated them. Maybe later this month I’ll do an ode to the itty bitty titty committee. lol

    Put my hand over my mouth because I was laughing out loud, lol. I needed that Brenda, thank you!

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  2. Sherry Marr says:

    This made me smile. I resonate with the younger fear of them getting loose, and the comfort now of letting them hang loose. Loved the humor, kiddo.

    There’s a story about letting them hang loose, but I’ll let it go for now. I’ve already said a bit too much, lol.

    Elizabeth

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  3. Oh well done. And I love your chutzpah!

    I really like that word “chutzpah”. You can feel it, can’t you?

    Elizabeth

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  4. Sure wish there was a LOVE button for “Meet the Girls”! I laughed and nodded the whole way through. Definitely know the feeling. Many kudos to you!

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  5. pmwanken says:

    The pairing of the picture to poem was great! 🙂

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