BODY / IMAG(INE) – a poem in four parts


She dressed



Averting her eyes

As loose flesh rolled

Over her frame


And by squeezing

And shimmering

Her frolicking hips

She pulled the bathing suit on

[that damned swimsuit on]


                  — gasping for air, she

Pledged allegiance

To the salad buffet, but

[Managed to]

Avoid outward curses or cries



She hated the (swim)suit

How it looked

How it felt

How it pinched and contorted

All of her rolls

Scars – and stretchmarks – and cellulite

Now on proud display

(and, for the record, she hated them too)

But – most of all

She hated herself



Stepping out

Of the inner sanctuary

Tight closet

Of the changeroom

Was a feat


Only for the bravest of souls


A battle of wills, and wits


So, donning a towel

And oversized tote

— filled with unnecessary items, but

Brandished as shield

She made her stand


Fleeing, towel wrapped,

Toward the poolside

Dreading the moment

She’d drop her towel


Thighs wobbling

Hips jiggling

And breasts sagging

In tight nylon restraints


She made her escape

Pretending, oh pretending

To ignore

The stares and whispers

                  — faint laughter

That followed her across

The slip-per-y




Cornered poolside

She knew speed was her saviour

In matters of flash

And skin

Rippling rolling


The towel unfurled

From pendulous bulk

She stalked boldly

(Solid footsteps)

(In a) mass of flesh

and fury

to the edge of the pool
and perched, momentarily

birdlike, on the ladder

Then made her descent


As waters engulfed her

She floated, buoyant

Momentarily weightless

And fin-a-lly



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Carly Zee

Carly Zee is a poet and writer and lover of the finer things in life — like good wines, dark chocolate, and erotica. She finds myself seeking pleasure over reason on far too many occasions, and will, in all likelihood, continue to do so. To come along for the ride, you can connect with Carly through

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