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.