Halloween costume


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Inside that monster
there is a lovely child.
You know that.

Inside every monster
is an adorable child.
Do you know that?

Beneath this suit, that nice outfit,
beneath that street-soiled mess,
is a precious child.

The costumes run deep, of course,
and become convincing.
But you know better, right?

You’ve learned to ignore them, right?
When do you take yours off?
Just be lovely?

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In this ribboned world,
its feathers and fabrics
and patchwork humanity,

everything you see
is the costume
of the Lovely One.

   —October 31, 2017