This morning was quite alarming,
When I abruptly wound up harming,
My hand by slapping the clock harder than I had before.
Confounded and in a panic,
In that moment literally feeling 'manic',
As I realized my body was not as it was before.
Then I realized, here is a chance,
Today I will wear the pants,
Much more literally than I ever have before.
Thinking, dressing was so simple,
Without makeup, my free-time tripled,
Got to eat breakfast and even seconds, and I never had before.
Walked out to my elevator,
Meet my newest next-door neighbor,
And politely I greeted her since I hadn't yet before.
She eyed me, nodded, clearly wary,
I was a man now, it could be scary,
To be alone with one, as I had learned before.
Walking to work never felt more freeing,
The simple pleasures of just being,
No more catcalls, or zigzagging streets like every day I did before.
Men passed by, no sneer or creepy smile,
But the poor women all meanwhile,
Clutched bags, high on alert, as I would have done before.
Just a no-name at my job,
But as I to grab my drawer knob,
I was promoted to the position I had applied to a hundred times before.
New 43rd floor coworkers jested with malice,
Who would first take out new secretary Alice,
It reaffirmed why I had never attempted to have her job before.
After work I walked back step by step,
My delight had lost much of it's pep,
I really hadn't seen the extent of what I'd put up with before.
In my bed I tossed and turned,
I thought of all the things I'd learned,
Perhaps ignorance was bliss, it had hurt me less before.
Once again I felt a change,
My body began to rearrange,
My emotions rose, I wept tears for the degradation I'll face forevermore.