hormonal

in august
i went to a meeting
for parents
of new middle schoolers

my son
was about to start
6th grade

self-conscious
in the library
i sat wondering
if anyone
would notice
what looked like
a smear
of black
above
–and running
the length of–
my upper lip

i wallowed
in the unfairness

he was about to start
middle school

while i
–47 and female–
was the one
with the mustache
of a prepubescent boy

 

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