a girl named Pamela

She doesn’t look like a Michelle, my mother said

the day I was born.

Broad-shouldered baby.

Eight pound eleven ounce baby.

Jet black overgrown butch hairstyle baby

sticking straight up.

Bruised from a difficult forceps birth baby.

Here’s a football player

the doctor assured her.

I know what a Pamela looks like.

What does a Michelle look like?


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