Staying inside the present helps
Ruby to starve herself
For now, Ruby said, I won’t eat
Just for now
For now, I don’t want to cry, eat, laugh, shout, fight
But I can be elliptical
I can pretend and pretend and pretend at pretending
I can stay inside
Ruby thinks she’s fat
And Ruby is dying from want of a mother’s love
Or Ruby is killing herself
so boys will like her skeleton
Ruby has good bones
Elli Hazit was born in San Francisco in 1960. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree from Boston University. Hazit lived in Paris, France from 1983 to 1997. Her writing has been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Cambridge News. She has also produced radio programs for WORT-FM, Madison. One of her stories, “The Tangerines and the Dogs,” was broadcast internationally on the BBC World Service Programme.
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