You are hiding your scoliosis
in poses.
You have high heels on
and are menstruating freely despite
him.

“Stop trying to
make love to the camera,
just act normal
but also like you
just discovered aging and you are
a prison of adjustable skin.  
Look surprised by time.
And could you please do it akimbo,
but only using a hip bend and
your eyes?”

You are a red flour beetle;
but less menacing.

“Yes, but now, I need to see just the nipple,
so pull your shirt that way,
don’t look at it,
look at me,
chin up,
legs crossed,
bow-legged,
let’s imply something here,
don’t give the milk away.
And don’t grin, it makes you look
desperate.
Can you think of the most traumatic thing
that ever happened between you
and your best friend’s

father?
Try to cry, or at least make the motions of crying,
but then right before it hits:
stop.
Call it a female orgasm.”

You are doing it with microscopic eyebrow gestures
and no pants.

“MUCH better,
but now do it with just your
breasts
but also,
don’t smile.
Your teeth are off-white.
And uncross those legs.
Can you turn to one side?
I need a shadow that traces your buttox to tits to vagina
but I don’t want anything else in the shot.
Great.
Put your pussy out.
Hips swiveled.
Head down.
Lips shut.”

You are shivering
but grateful for the ride.

“Cool.
I’ll call this one
“hunger.”
I’ll pay you a little more next time.
You walked here, right?
You can walk home, right?
I can’t drive you after all.
Be careful. This neighborhood is not
safe.
You should see a dentist about that front
incisor.

You are dispossessed but
unevicted yet.

“Happy International Women’s Day,
March 8, 2015”

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