My Beard and My Heels (Louis Toliver Jr-USA/Austin, Texas)

(For my brother, James Leland Ludeau III)

I stand trimming my beard
Shedding my masculinity 
Standing tall in my heels 
Embracing my femininity

With one hand on my hip
The other gripping a razor 
I look at myself with dignity  
Satan is not my appraiser 

In the mirror, I am God's beauty 
I'm part of her spirit, always 
I'm not scared of the ugly world 
Or any of evil's manipulative ways 

Standing tall in my heels
I triumphantly bat my eyelashes 
I stand trimming my rich beard 
Over my enemies poor ashes


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