Figure Drawing at Community College

This flash piece was just published in Rusty Truck.  Thanks, Scot!

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I’m getting goosebumps from a draft, though the class doesn’t notice. Most are open-mouthed, charcoal scratching paper, concentrating on the weight of my breast, curve of hip, sag of buttock. I bite my lip, think of the rigidity of a villanelle, try to compose one in my head while the old guy in a beret for god’s sake, studies the cleft, the pubic mound, then meets my eyes.

I want to yell, “I just want to earn enough to get cable,” but I look away, try to show disgust without showing disgust because the woman who will pick up kids from school at 4 is drawing my face. My arm is falling asleep. The instructor said to tell her when I need a break, but the young man by the window is so intent, I hate to interrupt him. I start to tremble, try to shift but not throw off the line. The villanelle becomes a limerick.

There once was a nude on a table
Who couldn’t afford to get cable…

Trembling. Can’t feel my arm at all.

She posed for a class
Where an old man was crass,

Ah, the instructor is announcing a break. I raise my body off my arm and feel electric shocks as blood starts to flow. I reach for my kimono. The old guy sidles up to me.

“Coffee later if you are able?” he asks. Shit, he’s finished my limerick. I walk away rubbing my arm. “Maybe tomorrow?” he calls.

– Sarah Russell
Photo courtesy of Blot Magazine

21 thoughts on “Figure Drawing at Community College

  1. I LOVE this… Georgi

    On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 7:59 PM Sarah Russell Poetry wrote:

    > sarahrussellpoetry posted: “This flash piece was just published in Rusty > Truck. Thanks, Scot! > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > I’m getting goosebumps from a draft, though the class doesn’t notice. Most > are open-mouthed, charcoal scratching ” >

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      1. impressed with your limerickabilityity
        your coining words, your new ability?
        like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
        except that one is particularly atrocious
        what else did you learn at that faculty

        Joking aside, thank you! 🙂

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