by Toti O’Brien

On her birthday
she dons a platinum
wig. For how long
has she wished
to relinquish her
Wear her hidden
paleness, revealing
not illness or fading
but a secret self
private yet
statuesque in its smallness
smooth like granite
lip-sealed or
only speaking
in tongues.


Image: by Steve Johnson via Find more of his work on instagram @artbystevej.