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April 5, 2014 / austreberto

from a single glance (day five)

from a single glance

 

the first time my features were just ambiguous enough for strangers to openly invite themselves into the variety of identities i carried in my ever expanding wallet

i still wore my winter coat

my skin just a lighter shade of brown

 

i missed the sun

 

but you don’t really look mexican

 

and you don’t really look like an asshole

but i suppose everyone’s wrong from time to time

 

after the third time i was mistaken for a girl because of my long haired days

 

sometimes from behind

 

sometimes to my face

even with the beginnings of facial hair

(just beyond the peach fuzz)

 

and all the times people were so sure of my sexuality

as if they knew something that i didn’t

 

for awhile

i believed that they did

 

they say that first impressions are impossible to make

because you’ve already made them

 

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