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this halloween

this halloween i got a costume together
i wore a black page-boy wig,
a vinyl dress and matching vinyl boots

it was strange for me
i’m not such an outgoing person

and every time i was left alone at a bar
someone would hit on me
usually someone ugly
but i didn’t tell them to leave me alone:

i gave them a fake name, a fake number

and looking back, what made the difference
was not wearing the revealing clothes
but wearing a wig, changing my identity

and it’s not that i’d do it again
but i must admit
i really like being someone else
just for a little while

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Blister and Burn, Janet Kuypers 2007 book