how to uncage a girl

my girlfriends and i put naked barbies
in the strawberry jell-o
ken had a mohawk, kilt, tiny earring and eyeliner
we girls danced in the living room
and had a cake fight
there were no boys by that time
just us all in shiny pink
waiting for something to happen
not expecting it to be anorexia or cancer or never
seeing one another again
or war
we were like those naked plastic dolls
swimming in a soft sweet rosy sea
while ken waited outside
untouchable
hoping no one would mistake him for g.i. joe
—  Francesca Lia Block, How to (Un)cage a Girl