Everyone remembers her haircut,
lion’s mane sheared like lamb’s wool,
but few remember why. She stood
on the busy street corner, broke up with
the boy she loved. I can’t change
who I am—I don’t want to, she told him.
I’d never said that to a boy. I said,
You’re right; that band is stupid. I said,
I’ll stop watching soap operas. I said,
I don’t know; what do you think? I said,
Please don’t leave me. I said,
I can be anyone you want me to be.
She walked away, crossed the street,
plopped into the plastic swivel chair.
Her bare feet pointed and flexed over the
metal bar, beside the pile of curls.
Her eyes blinked in the mirror. She
marveled at what she could leave behind.
Love & Relationships
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
the absence of a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so…) between phrases and within a sentence
conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”