you take the word. the one that sliced through you like a
knife through pan fresco. the one your Tío called you de
cariño. the one the boys in school hissed as you walked
by. you take the word and write it down. one time. two
times. say it in English. Fat. it hurts that way too. maybe
even more. the word is now a blade. two sides. you write
it down. hundreds of times. you start saying it to describe
yourself. you don’t flinch. others do. they fear it more
than they do Bitch or Whore. the word gives you power.
you date a few men. they won’t say the word. they prefer
thick or curvy or big. you say you want to hear it. like
you hear your name. some can’t say it without laughing.
embarrassed. like you just flashed a nipple in public. they
call you brave. you say it’s just the parts of you that you
can touch. like short. like glasses. like curly. like brown.
the word is home. you write it down. you write it down.
you write it down. you are a bruja when you write it down.
look at that magic. Gorda. mira que bella. Gorda. your
body answers: hello. I'm here. thank you.
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words or phrases repeated one after another in quick succession
A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.
a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic
the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing
a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”
A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.