Big Girl

Abe Louise Young
Jan 3, 2016 · 1 min read

(Published in Diner, Vol. 3,2)

August 6, 1945: “Little Boy” is dropped on Hiroshima

Atomic 1945
is a year of eating breads — her body rises

like a balloon, yeast in a pyrex bowl,
her breasts bloom, the waistbands

of pants
swiftly surpassed

elastic cinching she simply
snips with embroidery scissors,

goodbye chokechain
the fatter she gets,

the more lightweight —
able to soar, to swell, in effect to stay afloat, in fact to court

the clouds at eye level, count them out loud —
her house breathes wet, hot aspirations,

in the basement gas lines open like arteries
cleared by arterioscopy,

all cleared for the runway;

buoyant & floating, flours and batters,
she tosses her breasts into storms for caress,

battens the hatches
of her flesh, pissing milk and molasses,

her labia a revival tent, her belly a continent,
a human cornucopia

the bomb-burned can climb into
and eat, eat, eat,

replenish the wrongfully dead
with white bread, brown bread, rice flour, dumplings

before they climb up to the sky,
like a liquid arrow no one knows

to become another baby
or wander earth forever with a black crust of a body

Abe Louise Young

Written by

Writer & educator thinking about poetry, social justice, prisons, feminism, kidlit & love letters. Work in @NarrativeMag @TheNation @WitnessMag #binders

Abe Louise Young

Written by

Writer & educator thinking about poetry, social justice, prisons, feminism, kidlit & love letters. Work in @NarrativeMag @TheNation @WitnessMag #binders

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