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Who Am I?
The life in my head seems
so different from the life outside,
where I am so big
that everyone stares,
but no one sees the real me.
My name is Ari Rosensweig.
This year, I am the newest seventh grader
at Mill Valley Middle School.
I have sandy-brown hair
and green eyes like my father’s.
I’m average height, but
I am a fat kid, and I hate it when
people call me names.
Even though I’m overweight,
I can still do everything
everyone else can—
ride my bike, play video games—
but people just see me as different,
only notice who I am
on the outside.
My mother is an artist
who sculpts giants in clay
and paints the world
on canvas, on murals,
and even on clothes;
my father sells what she paints.
I’m an only child.
Sometimes I get lonely,
wish for a brother or sister,
but I get so much time to myself
to do what I like to do,
and no one interferes.
I make role-playing games.
I’m going to be a cryptozoologist.
I want to find the creatures out there,
like Bigfoot, that might seem so different
but that belong to this world too.
My mother says we are going
to spend the summer at the beach;
Out in nature, she says.
I like the beach, but I don’t like
taking off my shirt.
I always have to hike up my pants,
and I worry that there isn’t enough food,
because I’m always hungry.
More than anything, I think,
I want to lose weight,
and I don’t know how.
Copyright © 2019 by Chris Baron.