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I’m Glad You Like
Linnac

I’m glad you like my sacks
 1
of yellow fat
 2
that have accumulated over time
 3
and now just kind of wobble
 4
like vestigial agar
 5
on a petri dish,
 6
half-revealed,
 7
half- slathered in deodorant
 8
and concealed.
 9
 
 
I’m glad you’re vocal
 10
about liking the junction
 11
of my mouth,
 12
which pouts
 13
evolutionarily to take sips
 14
and produce ‘m’ noises.
 15
M-m-m-mudflap.
 16
 
 
And these two stalks
 17
my pelvis perches on –
 18
I’m glad you like those too.
 19
They’re elegant and serviceable,
 20
the ligaments, nerves and muscles
 21
make walking in stilettos
 22
and muay thai
 23
much easier than going without.
 24
 
 
I am a symphony
 25
of practicality.
 26
I am a harmony
 27
of functionality.
 28
I know I emit body heat
 29
without being told I’m hot,
 30
and that my eyes reflect light
 31
without being told they’re bright.
 32
I don’t need strangers
 33
telling me
 34
their opinions of me
 35
because I know me
 36
better than you,
 37
and I don’t need
 38
a wet meaty gaze
 39
to feel beautiful.
 40

7 Dec 17


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