miss do you think i should cut my hair
for my interview at the courthouse? you
asked me today.
do i think you should cut your hair?
the hair that took you a year to grow,
the hair that marks you
the kind of person
who would have been
my kind of person–
the spray-painting cracked parking lots at dusk and
swinging on the playground in the dark kind of person–
if we’d gone to school together?
but what i think
and what the world thinks
aren’t the same, are
growing more and more heartbreaking
in their difference.