haircut

i changed my hair
but i didn’t become
one of the women in the beauty shop
with their manicures
and their make-up
and their way of pampered posing
in close-fitting black
with wide belts
i walked out of there
in my hiking boots and glasses
with the same severe
jaw
it looks like
i can’t be
someone else
and even though the heavy
weight of that hair
is gone
i don’t feel any lighter

wendy shaffer

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