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Lady Butterfly by Joann Vitali

Poetry


No Big Loss

Jody Zolli

Itīs easy
Bleats the slim text on the world wide web
Just a tiny trick of the belly
Just one neat, easy, stupid trick.

I closely watch
Their vanishing act
These cartoon women
Their outlines initially vast
(Corpulent but cheerful
Because they know how the story ends)
Their bodies shrink in mere seconds
Like a balloon deflating down
To size perfect
Before my very eyes.

Am I missing something?
Am I the only one who cannot seem
To magically melt?
The only one who cannot make
The tiny trick
(Not a big trick, mind you, a tiny trick)
Work?




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