a woman morphs
into a chameleon —
blends in every situation —
dialect & tone,
makeup & dress,
posture & gait.
each disguise distances
herself from who she was
before becoming
a permanent impostor.

none of this is for you

men cannot dictate
how we (women)
style our hair
choose outfits
or apply makeup.
many assume that
we only exist to be
aesthetically pleasing
(to them)
& are shocked when
we explain that
none of this is for you
& we could care less
if you don’t think
we’re beautiful
because we know we are.