34. 26. 37.
Measurements that every female body
secretly wishes it could maintain.
Noble yet, futile tries to convince
ourselves we can refrain
from following the daily marketing campaigns
and make bolder statements than those
models draping pencil skirts over eraser thin waists
and paper thin hips and thighs.
We pretend to be surprised
when friend number five
tries the Hollywood diet of the week
and friend number nine
commits to a lemon juice and vodka routine
treating themselves on a good day to a handful grapes.
And we’re actually wondering if they’re on to something
since all we really want to do is skip dinner,
call it a night early, and sleep off the hunger pains.
-written August 7, 2009-