by Marybeth Rua-Larsen

The beard rarely exists except when I talk about it.
—Jennifer Miller, Circus Amok

The bearded-lady is
a woman with a beard,
and in the side-show biz
she’s cashing-in on weird.

That’s what’s available
for a woman with a beard.
She’s only saleable
when she can be premiered

as freak, as girl on toast,
and yet she’s persevered,
gone west to sexy – host
a woman with a beard!

Those townie stares? Place bets –
the clown-vamp stays unsheared,
so clear the Big-Top, net
a woman with a beard

in bed – you’ll prime sublime
and sever all you’ve feared.
She’s traded blades for I’m
a woman with a beard



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