POEM: A Red Dress by John Bowie

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A hangover from school to college,
the lies they told,
the lack of confidence and self depreciation 
leading him to believe them,
and now
‘Man you not popped your cherry yet? 
I lost mine when I was born.'
(this guy really hadn’t thought it through) 
still he berated on him 


He said: 'Take the fifty,
take a walk.'
'In the car park' and he pointed
'...there’s a girl,'
'she’ll take a fuck, make you a real man.'
He took the notes

He handed it away, clean, guilt free;
took nothing from her
(And she gave him respect)

More of a man than they’d ever be...
so it began:
journey into real (man)

Whatever that is
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