She tried to shrink down
into nothing

They called her little.

She used to cross her arms
and her legs
to make herself even smaller.

She tried to shrink down
into nothing
as she sat
in the subway car
on her way to work
each morning.

As that underground train
rocketed forward
through the tunnels,
she would close her eyes
and go into the vast universe
inside of her–
a world invisible through
her opaque skin,
but just as huge and real
as she wanted it to be.

Photo by Harrison Haines from Pexels


16 thoughts on “Petite”

    1. It was good! I got to see my family for the first time since the summer. (A set of coincidental circumstances made it so that we had all been more or less isolated for the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, which was necessary for us all to feel safe celebrating together since both the county where my parents live and the county where my brother and I live are currently COVID hotspots).

      How was yours?


      1. I am glad to hear things worked out so well! Ours was with family and a few folks we regularly hang out with.

        I am the most susceptible to getting Covid as I work in a prison and I take tests every work day. So far I have been blessed and fortunate.

        Where I live is a very bad hotspot.

        Any plans for a new and exciting post?


      2. I have a lot of drafts and ideas, but nothing is polished enough to put out yet. There’s one poem I’ve been tinkering with for several months now that I’ve toyed with releasing, even though I’m still not happy with it. I do get quite a lot of time off work between Christmas and New Years though, so hopefully I will have at least something out in that time if I can’t manage to get anything posted before then.


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