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too far 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    When he met me, he told me I looked like Kim Basinger. long blonde locks.
    but as time wore on I knew I wasn’t her and I could never be her and I was never good enough, thin enough, pretty enough.
    I got a perm, straightened my teeth, bought a wonderbra, but it wasn’t doing the trick.
    I bought slimfast, used the stair stepper, ate rice cakes and wheat germ but I wasn’t
    thin enough.
    I only dropped twenty pounds.
    so I went to the spa, got my skin peeled, soaked myself in mud, wrapped myself in celophane, bought the amino acid facial cremes. but I knew they didn’t really work.
    so I went to the doctor, got my nose slimmed, my tummy stapled, my thighs sucked.
    thought about getting a rib or two removed, like Cher.
    but I figured they’ve got to be there for something
    and hey,
    that’s just going

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