coming out

she was an urban kid
people looked at her differently
because of her special power
the boys were standing in her path
she backed away, apologising
the pain was intense
her face swelled up
her attitude to boys changed
the strength, the key moment
for weeks she couldn’t get it
every day she started to grow
feeling calmer, cut her hair
dyed it blue, kissed girls
never took a backward step

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