he pulls out a stick of eyeliner, 

his rat tail has bloomed

into locks 

thick as dark feathers


delicately he draws 

a thin black line 

under each eye


he pulls up a skirt

with violet frills

and tiny chains


whispers to the reflection

you are a beautiful girl


he swabs her lips 

with pink lipstick

shimmering like crystals 


each stroke banishing 

the bent glares

            of the world

My name is Seren Gagne. I have a grey kitten named Sheblu and a lovely calico named Shiek. I really resonate with this quote from Lao Tzu: “The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao, the name that can be named is not the eternal name, the nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth, the named is the father of myriad thing.”