The Junction
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The Junction

The Annual Exam

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Photo by the author, Mark Tulin

The doctor, a young woman, probably attractive under her white coat and dangling stethoscope, gazed at my body. Her stare made me self-conscious, and I was not too fond of what I saw.

I had a belly that looked like a huge helium balloon about to explode. I couldn’t see my toes.

“Your ankles are swollen,” she remarked, touching their spongy texture.

“I didn’t realize,” I said. “I just…



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Mark Tulin

A California writer/photographer whose dreams are more vivid than his waking life. Poetry, Humor, Sexuality, and Fiction —