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Big Barbie

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Has black plastic trash bags

taped over the windows

in her single-wide trailer.

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Three hundred pounds

of Triple D axle grease,

Big Barbie’s got a tattoo

of a dead cop on her ass,

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short white spike hair

black boots, tunnels

in her ears; she rides

naked on her Harley

in the middle of the night.

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Big Barbie knows pipes,

transmissions, belts,

better than any damn man.

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She likes to play rough

with pretty little dolls,

knock off their heads

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and leave them laying

in a dumpster behind

Angel Mae’s Bar.

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She’s got the best acid

in Chatham County.

Don’t go to Big Barbie’s

unless you’ve got cash.

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But once a month

when her pipes get funky,

she sits by the window

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and thinks about how

her stepfather raped her.

She thinks about the baby

those bastards took away.

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Big Barbie cuts her arm

with a rusty razor;

tweaks while she bleeds

into black plastic space.

-Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

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This poem originally published in Don’t Call Me Plath.

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