Maybe I shall get fat.  Maybe I shall
grow and grow, until my arms
are thicker than tree-trunks, soft
as dough. Plump and shining cheeks,
a belly that flops from my front
in heavy folds. My skin will cling
to my knuckle-bones, kneecaps,
whilst all around them flesh rises like bread.
A form made of circles, everything
below my forehead stuffed and bulging,
creased like a pumpkin, full as an egg.
And I will expand, and fill the space
with my own landscape, the flat plains
of my breasts, cracked with silver-white splits,
ravines where the skin has stretched,
the unquiet ocean of my thighs, rippled
and moving in slow, stately tides.
The seed of my belly-button a quiet cavern,
my vulva guarded by the jealous flesh-folds,
a hidden fissure, a seam of shining ore.
And I will bathe with a sponge on a stick,
and wear shoes wide as baking trays,
and clothe myself in tents of coloured silk,
and absorb the looks I get from strangers
at the swimming-pool with equanimity,
and lie back, displace the cool blue water
with my astonishing mass, and float.

Beccy Pert

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