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.”



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