Gwen Head

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1. Bolivia 1/20/2003

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I hate the sea. I've always hated water
even as a baby, even in my bath,
or so my mama says. She likes it, herself.
She goes in the sea like a mermaid, and comes out
a monster, rubber fins slimy with eelgrass.
The beach boys watch her. They're supposed to watch
me, but I don't care, for I am queen
of an island state in the pool, where everything
is blue, like my bathing suit. It is called Bolivia.

Outside Bolivia, things are mostly brown
or green. Our little house by the lagoon
has green reeds by it. brown ducks swimming under--
a mother, her ...

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