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on the second grade swim team, flanked by competitors

she pisses herself
on the diving pedestal.
yellow body fluid spewing along her tightly pressed thighs
uninhibited,
pooling along the rough blue-gray plastic
riveting into the chlorine pool,
inoculated.

undaunted, Vivienne stares ahead
clenched, stoic.
like a caged beast, singularly focused on freedom
on victory
on adulthood.

the whistle blows.

on the second grade swim team, flanked by competitors

she pisses herself
on the diving pedestal.
yellow body fluid spewing along her tightly pressed thighs
uninhibited,
pooling along the rough blue-gray plastic
riveting into the chlorine pool,
inoculated.

undaunted, Vivienne stares ahead
clenched, stoic.
like a caged beast, singularly focused on freedom
on victory
on adulthood.

the whistle blows.

Margaret Olsen, 25

Seattle

 
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