Sunday, 14 May 2017

Civilised Girl - Jully Makini

Cheap perfume
Six-inch heels
Skin-tight pants
Civilised girl

Steel-wool hair
Fuzzy and stiff
Now soft as coconut husk
Held by a dozen clips

Charcoal-black skin
Painted red
Bushy eyebrows
Plucked and penciled

Who am I?
Melanesian Caucasian or
Half-caste?
Make up your mind

Where am I going -
Forward, backward, still?
What do I call myself -
Mrs Miss or Ms?

Why do I do this?
Imitation
What's wrong with it?
Civilisation

Jully Makini (also Jully Sipolo) (born 1953) Solomon Islands
Source: BBC Radio Scotland

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