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Playing Dress-Up


At the ornate dresser among costume jewelry,

powdered rouge, and 

red fingernail polish, I play dress-up standing in my mother’s stilettos tall as a skyscraper overlooking a noisy city, her chandelier earrings dripping from my teenage earlobes like moonlight, her floppy straw-hat covering my drawn on eyebrows. 


From underneath this sunhat I am a teenage girl, I am a woman in the world that awaits me beyond this mirror where I know I will grow more human, more flawed, more beautiful.