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for a girl, unknown
by Kendal Privette

i saw you in wal-mart
this morning
your too-tiny hand reaching
out to touch the
boost
i saw you in wal-mart
this morning
your bone-thin crook
covered with cotton ball
and band-aid
you've had blood drawn
haven't you?
i don't know your name
but i know that look
in your eyes
the desperation
the anger
the fear
i don't know your name
but i know you've been
to the doctor today
and now you're ordered
to
gain
weight
and nothing scares you more
than
food
you don't know me
but i want to tell you
that
there
is
hope
you don't know me
but i want to tell you
that

can. win.
i've been there
touching the boost
ordered to gain
blood drawn
family terrified
i have
fought
that
battle
and won
i wish i could tell you


Kendal is a wife, mom, writer and middle school
teacher in western North Carolina. She enjoys reading,
running, gardening and finding poetry in the mundane.
Her battle with anorexia has given her a heart for
young women who struggle to maintain healthy
relationships with themselves.
the tiny part of you that wants to get better
March 2013