Thursday, March 15, 2007


An obese girl floated on her back through placid pool waters, the smell of fresh chlorine cloying as I watched her, wondering why she just didn’t sink from sheer size alone. I continued this vigil, mesmerized as her arms took on unnatural positions above the water line, fingers crooked and dancing like rabid monkeys. In one fluid motion her massive girth rolled like a log on a river. She stopped face down in dead man’s float suddenly calm until her limbs began seizing as if someone carelessly dropped a live toaster in the pool. And still she floated. Aleathia Drehmer 2006

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