Locks

he pulls out a stick of eyeliner, 

his rat tail has bloomed

into locks 

thick as dark feathers

 

delicately he draws 

a thin black line 

under each eye

 

he pulls up a skirt

with violet frills

and tiny chains

 

whispers to the reflection

you are a beautiful girl

 

he swabs her lips 

with pink lipstick

shimmering like crystals 

 

each stroke banishing 

the bent glares

            of the world

Published online May 09 2017.

My name is Seren Gagne. I have a grey kitten named Sheblu and a lovely calico named Shiek. I really resonate with this quote from Lao Tzu: “The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao, the name that can be named is not the eternal name, the nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth, the named is the father of myriad thing.”


Poetry Only: Hair cover image

This piece was published in ‘Poetry Only: Hair,’ the Spring 2017 issue of CV2.

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