november 10, 2014

she had expensive chunks of tainted coral matted in her hair
her brother’s friend colin could hold his breath for three minutes
her brother had seen colin hold his breath for three minutes himself
and colin frequently shaved his head and wore new sneakers

she had tried holding her breath for three minutes herself
in the bathtub upstairs in the attic with a blue robe on
the bathtub that was normally empty with cobwebs
she had filled that bathtub with bucketsful of well water

she had tied her pretty hair up in a soft bun
and plugged up her nose with her pretty thumbs
and dunked her head into the bathtub full of well water
counting the seconds up to twenty-four

she had thought to herself that colin had normal lungs
because he smoked cigarettes out back with her brother
and she hadn’t ever smoked more than two cigarettes
and colin frequently shaved his head and smoked cigarettes

she had wiped the wet bucketful of well water from her brow
her brother’s friend colin could hold his breath for three minutes
so she should be able to hold her breath for three minutes
even if she had only smoked two cigarettes at most

she had to plug up her nose again with her pretty white thumbs
and loosen the waist of her blue robe
and she dunked her head into the bathtub full of well water
counting the seconds up to ninety-four

she had counted up to ninety-four and realized she had to pee
but she was getting closer to three minutes
and her brother’s friend colin could hold his breath for three minutes
so she pinched her knees tight and pinched her nose tighter

she hadn’t expected the need to pee
and she hadn’t expected it to be so hard
and she hadn’t planned for the racing heart
and she had only smoked maybe two full cigarettes

she had expensive chunks of tainted coral matted in her pretty hair
her brother had seen colin hold his breath for three minutes himself
but no one saw as she counted up to one-seventy-four in the attic
and planned to shave her head so she could buy some new sneakers

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