i ran into ishtar
sittin in a plastic chair readin marie claire
(“love your thighs!”)
down at jody’s chop shop.
she was waitin on a color n cut.
“you?” i said, my mouth catchin flies.
she gave me a look like i’d just fell off the hay wagon.
“honey,” she said over her glasses,
“goddess beauty doesn’t just happen.”
like tina the nail tech tells me,
you never know who you’ll meet
or what you’ll learn
if you go to (jody’s beauty) college.
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