“I’ve worked as a model for years:
And I’ve been grateful for the money.
I needed it to get through school, and
It’s helped a lot the years right after.
I’ve known girls who envied me for my
‘Good looks’, but
Believe me, it is no panacea.
It makes you a target
For men who like to collect
It makes you hated by some women
Who don’t even know you.
People talk to me like I’m stupid,
And men have treated me like a cuff-link.
Part of me fears that,
The day my looks start to go,
There will be no ‘me’ anymore:
That all I am
Is a ‘thing’…
For other people
To look at”