climbing in the windows,
filling up billboards and tv screens like pretty kudzu.
There are a million other girls
marking and piercing, trying anything
to make themselves different from all the rest.
Be pretty like THAT girl.
Be thin like that one.
Fit in, fold spindle and mutilate, and most of all keep smiling.
But,...what if you are never meant to fit in?
What if you are marked out by God, or life, or nature?
What if, Jehanne,
what if, Janis,
what if, Miss Brains, Miss Butch, Miss Misfit Toy,
you belt it out?
you don't let them shame you or shrink you or stop you?
What if you accepted that you were touched by God?
Damn, you'd be different.
And, damn, wouldn't that be fine?
I have become fascinated with Brazilian model Mariana Mendes.
She was born with a birth mark, melanocytic nevus, on her face.
At age six, her mother paid for laser treatment, but it didn't have much effect. Mariana says she's glad it didn't, and doesn't want any more treatment.
Rock on, Mariana!