They Don’t See

When people look at me, they just see my stretch marks.

They don’t see the 5 lives I’ve saved.

They don’t see me giving back to the community.

They don’t see me teaching young children to read.

 

When people look at me, all they see is my weight.

They don’t see my athletic career.

They don’t see my honors diploma.

They don’t see my kindness.

 

When people look at me, they just see my obesity.

They don’t see me volunteering with dogs.

They don’t see me working 3 jobs.

They don’t see who I really am

And that’s a true shame.

 

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Lifeguard Problems

Oh look.

The kids are running

…again.

And that one

Over by the stairs

Seems to think he’s Michael Phelps.

He’s not.

He’s 5 years old

And not a parent in sight.

The boys over there

Have made a new game.

It appears the only rule

is to annoy me.

Fantastic.

The girl over there

Is eating on the pool deck.

Nothing I love more

Than cleaning up soggy teddy grams

Before I can leave.

Oh and “Mr. Phelps” decided

To test the waters.

He can’t touch.

Looks like I’m going in.

Saved his life.

Spend next 10 minutes

Locating mom for paperwork.

She is bitching me out.

For saving her son.

“He can swim,” she says.

Apparently not.

I leave it to the manager.

It’s time for my break.

A girl just puked.

In the pool.

Now I’m cleaning.

This is gross.

This is terrible.

Is it August yet?

 

Apparently, I Was Asking For It

Apparently, I was asking for it

By wearing a flowy skirt to my knees

And a cardigan over my lime green tee.

Even though as a lifeguard,

I wear less to work every day

And unscathed I walk every day.

If I can walk around

In just a swimsuit and shorts,

And never find myself violated,

Then my outfits are not the problem.

Rape culture is the problem.

Put the blame on someone else for once

Because clothing doesn’t force itself onto someone.

People do.