She wore a patterned  dress with puffy sleeves

too small for her large frame.

Her neck smothered overbearing shoulders

dotted with boils.

A most interesting girl in my ten-year-old mind.

 She spoke in complete sentences,

 used three syllable words,

through braces that caught the sun’s rays.

The other girls teased or ignored  her.

How plain how ordinary

we were to this large bodied little girl.