I don’t think I can be a blonde anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, it's been a blast
I f I open my eyes wide
And pump a little more blood into my lips.
I’m almost guaranteed to get whatever I
Could ask for from the boys sitting around the bar
From complete strangers at gas stations and shopping malls.
Some sort of instinctive genetic code
Ordinarily cynical, selfish people
to help the little angel
With bewilderment and helplessness
in her eyes.
It’s been swell, but the swelling’s gone down
Homeless men asking for quarters, then kisses
Construction worker catcalls
A guy I barely know putting slimy hands
on me-without invitation!
As if the platinum-white-silver-gold
makes it all okay.
And the second commandment
of my social circle
Has been changed just for me
In recent months,
To Thou Shalt Not Fuck With the Blonde
Cuz the kitty cat’s got claws
She’ll rip your throat out if you try anything
Not to mention that all my big brother types
anyone who overstepped their bounds
Despite the fact that I’m more than capable of doing it myself
But they flock around me, where I perch on my stool
Holding court with smiles and favor
My hair burnish
ed and shining like a flame
And they’re the moths drawn to it in the dark.
But I don’t think that I want to be that girl
She’s served her purpose
And it was fun being her for awhile.
, I’m starting to notice myself doing things.
I think the bleach
is getting into my brain
Seeping through my scalp a little bit more with each touch-up
Peroxide dissolving my defenses
Leaving my cerebrum
laid bare to the elements.
Make me do things that I know I’m too smart for.
Giving a boy who treats me badly
Way too many one more chance
And filling up the gas tank before realizing that my wallet
Is sitting on my dresser, 50 miles away.
And I’ve begun to affect an empty-headed giggle
Too naturally for comfort
And pretty soon my bust size
will outpace my IQ
So it’s time to reincarnate
Maybe a redhead
who won’t take any crap from anybody
Or a brunette ice queen
to be cold, distant, impossibly untouchable.
Perhaps blue or purple punk rocker
to shock and subvert.
But I know that I can’t be the blonde anymore.
It’s time to be someone else