back to school

by mandaceehb

hair tamed, reined in by dull black elastic bands

sparkles shaved off nails, aloe vera varnish leaves its scent

bodies buttoned up in stark white blouses,

fitted in pleated skirts, modest flare

today again we are near identical

enclosed in uniform screaming our school’s name

but this is really the last time we will be this way

uniform chess pieces played by the same game