By Michael Aaron Gallagher

You are sassy and sweet
And pouty like a model
There is a possibility
you could be fashionably chic
But sometimes you disagree
with yourself

When you want to look all Jersey
you’re a Puerto Rican goddess
wrapped in a baggy here,
tight fitting there, kind of outfit

You spend as much time in front
of the mirror as it takes
to turn you from perfect
to legendary

And your walk, the way
you throw your hair back
over your shoulder
Is just an accessory.

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Excerpt from Michael Aaron Gallagher’s unpublished book of poetry titled “Firefly.” Copyright © 2003.

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