Gym Class

Girls surround another in the shower
lobbing acrid words like pennies –
cunt, weirdo, bitch, tease.
No kindness lessens power.

Their voices, in time, grow louder.
Eat into her skin like a disease.
Girls surround another in the shower.
They lob acrid words like pennies,

then grab her clothes and towel.
Their jollies spent, she’s left to freeze
among tile and concrete echoes. No release.
With knees to chest, minutes ebb to hours.
Girls surround another in the shower.


Heidi Schulman Greenwald

About Heidi Schulman Greenwald

Heidi Schulman Greenwald has been practicing the art and craft of poetry since 2002. Her poems have been published in the Aurorean, Literary Mama, ouroboros review, The Oregonian, VoiceCatcher, and Windfall, and have won awards from the Oregon Poetry Association. In June 2012, she was poet-in-residence at the Olde Orchard Inn in Moultonboro, NH. She is currently working on her first manuscript. She lives with her husband and two children in Portland, OR.
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