Academic journal article English Journal

That Girl

Academic journal article English Journal

That Girl

Article excerpt

Inspired by Thomas Lux's "The Swimming Pool"

I see her everyday

Her name is Ana




When she walks in a room

All the world tears at her

With their eyes

She was 13 the first time

It happened

Or 12


Maybe 10

She's weary

And it's happened

So often since

A car full of guys


A car full of men

Idled next to her

"Damn girl, you look good!"

They tore at her with their eyes

She wavered, uncertain

They drew nearer

She backed away

She ran

Clutching her clothes to her

She ran home to tell her dad

To tell her mom

But she didn't know how

She didn't know what

She didn't say


Next time

She ran faster, then faster

But the faster she ran

The more excited they became

Breasts heaving

Skirt lifting in the wind

She looked like

What they wanted her to be

So she started wearing less clothing

For their eyes to tear at

When she walks in a room

The boys at school turn

And stare

The teachers notice

She is trouble

It becomes her

-Kristin Gifford

© 2016 by Kristin Gifford

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Kristin Gifford (kristingifford@gmail. …

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