In Training

At twelve
my biggest problem
was negotiating
a weekly allowance.
I earned money
and dusting
fifty cents an hour
but that didn’t cut it
when it came time
to get my first
training bra.

Next to getting my
the thing that terrorized
me most
was beefy Braun’s gym class.
Man, even her breasts
had muscles.
She wore a
sports bra
under her man uniform
would often
steal a peak
from the showers.
Watching us change
into that ugly one piece
blue uniform
that was always riding
up my butt,
exposing my red pimply
goose bump legs.
Meanwhile cruel young eyes
would whisper
point and chuckle.
Look-she still wears an undershirt
hiss, hiss, meow!
So I begged the old man to have a heart
I was the oldest
had to train them
on how to raise a girl
Didn’t know how they did it
in the old country
didn’t care.

Spring came early the year
I got initiated
into the big girls club.
A club
that I dropped
in High School
diverted by
other things,
until they
discovered that
I was short
on my Gym credits.
Of course
by then
I was
out of training.

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