Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Despite Gravity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Despite Gravity

Article excerpt

At 16, I sat in my aunt's beauty shop window,

and watched a woman walk down the street.

This woman struggled against her own body,

weighed down by herself. She was loose

skin and rolls. Her chest clung

to her stomach. Her stomach fell

below her waist. Her thighs draped

around her knees. Her body was massive,

but I watched her move it. I watched her carry

her own weight and struggle, with each step,

to lift her leg. Her fat jiggled with each pump

of the arm, each reach of the leg.

She pumped again. Everything pushed her to stop, to stay,

to never move again, yet she was, with all her might,

fighting to make it to the corner.

"She's out there again," my cousin said and stood

in the shop's doorway. She struck a match, lit up,

and tilted the Marlboro in her hand out the crack of the door.

My aunt looked out the window. …

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