The Rebel

by Megan Auffart

Shame your family! Bare your breasts with pride!
Look up at the sky in a crowded marketplace and shout
"Look Mommy! God gave me a present!"
Pull up your shirt and let the world know
That you aren't following the rules anymore.

Shame your family! Cut off all your hair!
Negotiate the razor next to your scalp and pull.
"Look Mommy! I look like a skinhead!"
Wander outside and let the world know
That you aren't following the rules anymore.

Shame your family! Roll in the grass!
Forget that you're old and pretend you're a child.
"Look Mommy! All the people are staring!"
Race towards the swings and let the world know
That you aren't following the rules anymore.

Shame your family! Giggle in church!
Laugh at the sermons that the old men are saying
"Look Mommy! People are shaking and muttering!"
Joke at the travesties and let the world know
That you aren't following the rules anymore.

Shame your family! Resist obeying the regulations!
Ignore the traditions that would steal your life
"Look Mommy! Am I still wonderful the way I am?"
Spit at those who would hold you down and roar
That you aren't following the rules anymore.