Sally Bliumis-Dunn

In the Women’s Locker Room

Over the tops of the lockers,
I hear a woman
talking, talking.
Just the trail of her sentences,
sentencing her listener
to the silence of a tree.
While she, like an animal
nose to the ground,
follows the trail
of her own words, her scent.
Tense, she is on the prowl:
she is talking about
her body, her body.
She can’t decide
if she wants to be
fat with no wrinkles,
or skinny with wrinkles.
But for now, she says
she just wants to keep
her muscles in tone:
her muscles intone to her:
“Be somebody;
Be some body.”

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
“In the Women’s Locker Room” is from Talking Underwater (Wind Publications, 2007).