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my friend took a picture
of me stuck in her window
smiling freely, laughing at the world
i looked at it and double-glanced
it didn’t look like me at all
suddenly i’d turned into a woman instead of a girl
and i couldn’t have pinpointed what had changed
i still had the same eyes, the same smile on my face
nothing had come or gone or been rearranged
but a fundamental difference
a chrysalis had been broken
and something new had happened to the world.

– a.p.

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