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Solomon Islands: Jully Makini

Civilized Girl

Cheap perfume
Six-inch heels
Skin-tight pants
Civilized girl

Steel-wool hair
Fuzzy and stiff
Now soft as coconut husk
Held by a dozen clips

Charcoal-black skin
Painted red
Bushy eyebrows
Plucked and penciled

Who am I?
Melanesian Caucasian or
Make up your mind

Where am I going-
Forward, backward, still?
What do I call myself-
Mrs Miss or Ms?

Why do I do this?
What's wrong with it?

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