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ZENOBIA FROST

early rituals

unfold the box first day of school holidays mulberry hair dye at the chemist $4.95 for six weeks of tinted revolt the uniform absurd plastic gloves rip open the first juicy tang of chemicals the tattered robe skyclad beneath plum juice beetroot juice combed to the roots your mother wipes red from your ears you stalk the timer’s tick inspect the oil slick of scalp metamorphose into grown up you can dye your hair do anything at last in the shower dye bruises water six weeks pass back at school brown hair flaunts summer’s last jacaranda you hope secretly for the detention

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Zenobia frost, early rituals  

Zenobia frost, early rituals  

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