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she gained control

of pounds and ounces

while the rest of her life

eluded her grasp,

a runaway train wreck,

hormonal anarchy.

 

she measured out

her worth in weight lost,

ticking off goals met,

shrinking back into girlhood,

reclaiming dominion,

one day at a time.

 

while her parents

wring their hands

and learn to count

backwards, helpless

against the enemy

headquartered in

their daughter’s head.

 

she dwindles

like a distant star

in the night sky,

beyond reach or reason,

in thrall to a tape-

measure tyranny,

diminishing,

blinking out.

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