Weeds grow where they want to; not where they're told to grow...

erbacce-press

Cath Nichols

How to Tell Your Story

In writing your memoir, remember not to be truthful,
I guess that your circumstances are straitened
since we last spoke, and the pressure to be female
has returned. You need the cash of a kiss and tell -
get your cover story straight: judge
the climate of your time before going into print.

Some periods of history require heroics,
but display a lack of curiosity as to sexual preferences;
they take no fear - or delight - in lesbian inferences.
It’s not until the nineteenth century that the frisson
of a cross-dressed woman really comes into its own.
Post 1800 feel free to flirt with women in your audience.

Before this time you must play upon your celibacy,
fashion your adventures as a modern Joan of Arc:
burn with a passion for your country. Do not confess
to a love of the dress or uniform, nor a need for male respect
and a situation in life where what’s between your legs
is less of an issue than how well you fire a musket.

Cultivate your sea legs, and do nothing to rock the boat.

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