A Model Woman

She set out to become a model woman.

It was what her mother taught her.

But her mother’s models 

were rooted in the past,

mannequins really

and no longer in vogue,

so her attempts were confused.

Conformity was the issue

but to which age,

which youth

should she conform

now or then.

It took her a long time,

a lifetime.

A lifetime

of making up,

of trying on and discarding,

a lifetime of self discovery,

a lifetime

to throw away the wigs

and become herself.



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