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Tiny-Bully

I am working
in the back room
of a small grocery store,
not too far
from the restrooms.
A little girl
(perhaps nine
or ten)
returning from the restroom
suddenly hugs
my left arm.
She is scrawny,
pig-tailed
and precocious….
She says,
“Hello, fat-boy!”
and grins wide.
I manage to mumble a,
“Wha..?”
She repeats herself,
her smile widening,
her eyes fluttering.
I cannot tell
if she is cruel
or kidding…
all I wonder
is
is it wrong
to want to punch
a child?

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