beloved chameleon

she is lithe
and lengthy
heels to lift her
just that little bit higher
above the crowd
though she’ll stand out regardless

form fitting
in unexpected places
smooth limbs
and slightly tangled curls

carefully applied eyes
cleopatra would be proud
(or perhaps just
elizabeth taylor)
and lips painted
to steal your gaze

but watch
as powder crumbles
a slight shadow emerges
along cheek and chin
wiping effort’s detritus away
to become another being

no greater, no less
merely another incarnation

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