Rachel Grossmann

Rookie (September 19,1988)

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The One Girl At The Boys' Party

This poem is by Sharon Olds.


When I take my girl to the swimming party
I ser her down among the boys. They tower an
bristle, she stands there smooth and sleek,
her math scores unfolding in the air around her.
They will strip to their suits, her body hard and
indivisible as a prime number,
they'll plunge in the deep end, she'll subtract
her height from ten feet, divide it into
hundreds of gallons of water, the numbers
bouncing in her mind like molecules of chlorine
in the bright blue pool. When they climb out,
her ponytail will hang its pencil ...

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