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I’m but a fossil

By Julia Sacco

I’ve always yearned to be thin and soft-spoken,

flowers blooming with each utterance from my gentle mouth.

To be delicate and sweet,

to be offered a sweater on a cold day.

To be the kind of girl who glides into clothing without having to check the size.

Not the loud, broad girl,

taking up too much space in a room with my thundering laugh and mountainous shoulders.

Sweating in the summertime, huffing and puffing in the heat, lacking any elegance.

I am but a fossil of beauty,

what was once there now encompassed in harsh rock and dirt.

Oh, how I miss my radiance.


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