and not myself also

tub is ready
bath is
hot
my right
foot
goes in first
and it’s on fire
but
i’m pale and
a bit sensitive
by
the
time
my legs are submerged
i know
i’ll be pink
when i get
out

i lay back
until my ears
are below the water line
and
hum
something
that reminds me of whales

i try to imagine
anything
while my eyes are
closed
then i
get out
and stare at my body

i am pale
and pink
and fat and thin

and not myself also

© Emerys Watchel, 2017 All rights reserved.

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