Puberty and other bites

His trips to her aromatic
bathroom now habitual,
the pubescent boy’s bare feet
rested on his grandmother’s
cushioned pink hamper,
making him feel womanly

slim young kid with crew cut
marveling at shiny pennies
from cashier at OfficeMax,
offering them to his mother

at the sale,
a rapt crowd began
building around
the Sharpies

“I feel like a communist,” she said,
swiveling her body while
modeling an olive green
bomber jacket in the mirror,
her teen companions clueless

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