Bank Lobby

Leopard print slipper boots,
lime leggings speckled with red polka dots,
neon coral glitter tee,
gem-studded sunglasses, pink with hearts.
A walking fashion faux pas,
see how she beams a response to my smile,
proudly shouldering a plastic purse.

As if alone on center stage,
she leaps and twirls across the worn carpet,
imagining herself a princess.
While envious of her brazen self-assurance,
I feel a twinge of sadness,
knowing how soon adolescence will dictate
conformity’s insipid need to blend.

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