1204 Swag



My interest was peaked

the moment I saw you walking over

and the forearm tattoos

only made it harder

for me to choose.


I must confess

it’s all about your swag.

You’ve got a cute face,

an honorable build,

and I appreciate the maintenance,

but it’s the way you walk

and the way you talk

that allows you to brag

and it’s why I let you make statements.

Go ahead and say that you’re fine

or flirt with your eyes

because the way you carry yourself

carries your self.

Show me your quick wit

and turn up the charm.

Make me laugh and giggle

like you can do no harm.

Your presence is magical,

yet it feels so practical.

Let me adjust

my navy blue plaid shirt

and the bright bow in my hair

as you roll up each

of your cardigan sleeves

and speak with no care.

You’ll hold my books

and we’ll ignore the looks.

My girls will ask in school

and your boys will speculate,

for sure,

but we can’t say a word.



No “yes” and no “no.”

It’s the rules of the game

that we’re playing.

It’s the cost of your claim.

Blame the swag from your soul,

boy from room 1204.

It’s all about your swag,

so just this once,

feel free to brag.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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