Cosmopolitan Woman

by Luke Otley

She read in cosmo that a pill will shed
her unwanted fat like a snake skin,
or a cocoon,
and she will emerge a beautiful butterfly
like those smiling faces
from the centerfold.

That night alone in bed
she hugged herself
and smiled in the dark
dreaming of the success
her new body will bring,
the fat melting off of her,
dripping off of her,
the bleached skull

bones exposed

her ribs shining
under pert breasts
a man’s strong arms
wrapped around her tightlyosmo

And together
soon
they too
will look out

smiling

from the centerfold.