Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stills Here

A large woman saunters over to a bush taxi, concealing her weight under her shapeless kaba wears a tattered fanny pack around her neck like a necklace. There's no way that fanny pack's gonna rest where it should.

It sticks out like the handle of a calabash gourd--an umbilical hernia. A small girl pulls her shirt up and stares at her belly button, trying to poke it in.

Girls walk by in their school uniforms. Everything about them from the tops of their hair cropped to a buzz to their teal collared dresses (worn two sizes too small to show off to the boys) is the same. The only thing different is their feet flashing crazy colored plastic shoes, snowboots, and high tops.

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