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If I Were Born a Boy

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If I Were Born a Boy

Since I have always happy been
with my own very girly skin,
I doubt that I could ever be
a great model of masculinity.

In the mirror I haven’t had to face
hairs growing out all over the place
and whether to shave or not to shave,
a beard that simply won’t behave.

Instead of lolling in a bath,
I’d shower and cut the time by half.
I’d read the paper so not to bore me,
while wifie set hot food before me.

The kids, I’d settle with one word,
so not another peep is heard.
That is the way she should have taught them,
I’d say, as I slapped her on the bottom.

Then off I am to slay a dragon,
at my new job of grocery baggin’.
Since the factory closed, it has been tough.
Only at home can I strut my stuff.

But to myself I would admit
That my skin truly didn’t fit.
And then I’d go on a long bender
And wish that I could fix my gender..

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  1. Date: 4/13/2012 6:13:00 PM
    awesome, I'm glad to share this spot with you, sweet lady. LOVE your poem. Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 11:59:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved placement in Frank's "If I Were A Boy/Girl" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 4:57:00 PM
    Perspective from the other side. No one really can decide. If that's the better way to go. Until we are, we never know. Congrats on your win. I enjoyed it very much. I was going to say thouroughly, but I don't know if I know how to spell it. :)

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Excellent write...enjoyed it very much. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 2:30:00 PM
    congrats on your win with this witty write!

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 9:13:00 AM
    congrats Joyce on a marverlous first place win so grand for this excellent write and rhym e to convey thoughts so cool and keen.. well deserved top spot luv..

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 8:43:00 AM
    Joyce, you got it all wrong. We guys are not all like that. Congratulations on your win. Mike

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 6:38:00 AM
    Cogratulations Joyce I really enjoy this one xx

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 11:59:00 AM
    I loved the creativity of your poem, very enjoyable to read, love hugs, vie

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 11:47:00 AM
    You are beautiful as a girl/lady....Joyce!!! Lovely and funny poem you written today,like it alot. :) :) - oxox love from Anne-Lise