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Girls Don’t Dive

Girls don’t dive, her mother said
So she just dips her feet wet
In the temple pond
while her brothers plunge
Water hands will not choke you, they taunt
Water monster is not afraid of the boys, they bellow
“We are all bodies of water”,
She whispers to her reflection.

Girls Don’t Dive

Girls don’t dive, her mother said
So she just dips her feet wet
In the temple pond
while her brothers plunge
Water hands will not choke you, they taunt
Water monster is not afraid of the boys, they bellow
“We are all bodies of water”,
She whispers to her reflection.

Shahani Sainulabdeen  28, Redmond

 
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