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Dressed in Personality

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It shows on the studen
as he stretches out on the couch
in the lounge.

Limp legs dangle
as tight jeans, with random
holes, hug ankles,
thighs and calves.

Plaid sneakers—Vans—
red and black, look
plastic with elastic.

His mohawk, tapered
at the tip, shouts pink
and orange from forehead
to nape of neck.

Like spokes on a bike, strands
of hair stand stiff—razor
buzzed along sides, above ears.

Dressed in personality,
he studies the social reformer
Voltaire, next tackles
Shakespeare.