By Mona

A light-hearted look at the trials and tribulations of learning to cross dress based in large part on my first-hand experiences (and maybe yours too?)

Just sit right back and enjoy this tale

Makeup Magic

of men who love to dress

Most started at a tender age

but why is anyone’s guess


For many it’s a troubled route

spent battling the urge

The lovely clothes we’ve all thrown out

in cycles of binge and purge


Panties, bras and silky slips

how we love the feel of them

Even under drab men’s clothes,

a girl can still feel femme


But lacey satin lingerie

is not made to fit most guys

At online stores we agonize

did we order the right size?


Our butts and hips we must enhance

with pads made of soft gel

We wear enough damn padding

to play in the NFL


When nature calls you will recall

there’s a man bit you must free

But when you’re wearing pantyhose

do you stand or sit to pee?


Cross dressing is laborious

so many things to learn

The work is not so easy

girl’s passing must be earned


Necklaces are nice to wear

but we cuss to beat the band

While grappling with those tiny clasps

made for so much smaller hands


Garter straps that don’t stay tight

and zippers that won’t slide

And blouses with small buttons

that fasten on the wrong side


With lipstick and eyeliner

every girl must find her own way

We aspire to be Beyoncé

but will settle for Doris Day


Overdo your lips or eyes

and you’ll come to see real soon

That you look much like The Joker

or a very ill racoon


Most girls brush on mascara

to emphasize each lash

But touch that black goo to your face

and your look goes in the trash


False lashes are the devil’s work

and you will scream and cry

When you glue the third one in a row

to the middle of your eye


Once your makeup is perfected

‘cause you haven’t used too much

You’ll want to don a pretty wig

as the final crowning touch


Just be sure that rug is good and snug

or in horror you will shout

When it takes flight in a gust of wind

As you’re strolling out and about


In stockings, tights or pantyhose

how we love to show some thigh

Sliding up our just shaved legs

we shiver and feel high


But jagged nails on hands or feet

will quickly spoil the fun

When that pricey pair of sheer thigh highs

is ruined by a run


Let’s flaunt our legs in a tight miniskirt

the girl inside will cry

Like a pricey runway model

she wants to catch your eye


Yes, those models in their lingerie

are so proud to strut their stuff

But a hairy back in a bustier

is a sight that’s pretty rough


Then there’s very pretty dresses

how we love to wear them all

From simple frocks to evening gowns

for wearing to the ball


But be sure a dress can stretch enough

to accommodate your frame

‘Cause twisted limbs and cries of pain

are best left to a rugby game


Once you’ve finally squeezed into that dress

you’ve lost more than an hour

And you’re sweating so profusely

That it’s time for another shower


Yes, it takes many hours to perfect your look

then of course it never fails

You look down at your hands and see

that you’ve lost three press on nails


Lady’s shoes are not like men’s

there’s such a vast array

From platform pumps to Mary Jane’s

it’s hard to find your way


But every girl soon comes to know

when shopping at the mall

Why worry about the choosing

go ahead and buy them all!


There’s thigh-high boots and strappy heels

and stilettos to the sky

To walk in them is quite a feat

for the average stocky guy


You’ve got to learn to take small steps

and be careful not to sway

If you hit the ground you may hear the sound

of an ambulance on its way


A corset is great for achieving the shape

of a woman instead of an ape

Just take a deep breath and suck in your gut

‘til your mouth goes all agape


It will deliver an hourglass figure

some curves that will help you sashay

But lace it too tight and for breath you’ll fight

and your face turns blue by the ending of the day


Who knew brassieres were so complex

they mystify most newbies

Seems you’ve got to have a PhD

to choose the right pair of boobies


A really nice set of voluptuous breasts

is surely the ultimate prize

But too many girls think that bigger is better

and choose an outlandish cup size


Oh the rolls of tape that have been used

for some cleavage to create

But after ripping off that sticky stuff

the pain will take days to abate


So, let’s hear it for us guys who dress

though so many don’t know why

At least we can relate to the girl on date

who hopes to impress her guy


There’s so many ways we can stumble

and I’ve come to see at last

A girl has to strive to come fully alive

so that one day she will pass


To end this tale of angst and woe

let me state without a smirk

That becoming the woman of your dreams

takes a lot of damn hard work!

Alright Girls, now it’s your turn! Please use your own creativity and write us a funny stanza that would perfectly fit into this hilarious poem! We are looking forward to your responses!

 Or Girls, pick the one stanza from this poem which directly hit home to you and may have reminded you of a funny short story you would love to share with us!

 Thank you for reading this poem and possibly providing us with a funny response of your own……..Sincerely, Mona

Please go all of the way to the bottom of this page to leave your clever and entertaining responses! Thank you!

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On-and-off CDing since early teens. Long stretches without any urges but here in my advanced middle age Mona has emerged in force. She's a high-spirited gal who shall no longer be denied. It's both thrilling and I must admit a bit frightening because I don't know where she's planning to take me. Although I only get to dress every now and then, I'm having great fun and just enjoying the ride. I'm happy to have found this welcoming and supportive community and hope to get more involved as time allows.
  1. Deanna Lund 6 months ago


    So much fun!

    Working on a stanza so far have

    I just finish en femme should shopping
    and on my way back home
    Stopping by the bank ’cause
    I’m gonna need a loan!


  2. Deanna Lund 6 months ago

    Hi girls!

    This may be a duplicate. I commented earlier but when I tried to edit a mistake my comment vanished.

    Clears throat:

    Just finished my en femme shopping
    And on my way back home
    Stopping by my hometown bank
    I’m gonna need a loan!

    Thnxoxo for the poem it’s so fun.


    • Author
      Mona 6 months ago

      Hi Deanna – that is a great little stanza you have composed and unfortunately oh so true. I could never really understand why girls/women love shopping so much until I got into this CDing thing seriously in the past year. Now I know.

      Thanks for commenting and for your contribution to the fun, girlfriend. Feel free to add some more if the muse strikes you again. XOXO Mona

  3. T.J. Byron 6 months ago

    Loved this expose…just LOVED it. Name of ” BYRON “. Is not lost on me. I have published many articles over the past 50 years. I LOVED how you made such sense of our constant sweatting struggle to make ourselves beautiful. Our frustration was well represented in the cascade of comedic poetry.
    And topping it all off with. ” …it’s just plain hard work…”
    Nicely done Mona…I LOVED it.
    Dr. T.J.

    • Author
      Mona 6 months ago

      Hello Dr. T.J. – thanks so much for your comments on the article – I love the fact that you loved it. I enjoy writing of all kinds, but poetry and especially limericks (which this is not, obviously) are particularly fun. And this poem really is based quite a bit on my firsthand experiences – for example, I have literally spent half an hour trying to get a necklace to clasp, and more than an hour trying to put on false eyelashes (and that’s just the first damn eye!).
      i do enjoy CDing when I have the chance, which is at most twice a month. Like you (I read your profile), I enjoy putting outfits together and trying different looks. Cross dressing has many aspects, but certainly one of them is creative expression, much like writing or painting. I have come to realize that I definitely do not want to be (or dress like) a woman full-time – it really is just too much damn hard work!
      I saw in your profile that you’re a retired surgeon – like many folks, I have great respect for that and I’m sure your career was rewarding. You mentioned that you’ve published many articles and perhaps most of those were in scientific realm (e.g., medical journals)? I ask because I am a scientist who has also published articles (but nowhere near 50!), but what’s frustrating sometimes is that most of these do not get cited very often. Maybe that says something about the quality of my science but it’s also easy for papers to get lost in the general shuffle, I think.
      All of this is a VERY long-winded (I told you I enjoy writing) way of saying – I really appreciate getting comments like yours on this article. So thank you again.
      Hugs, Mona
      P.S. In trying to explain this behavior to my wife, I’ve pointed out that men who like to cross dress come from all walks of life. So now I can include surgeons among the examples.
      P.S.S. I was intrigued by your reference to Byron and so did a quick scan of his biography on Wikipedia. Of course, there’s many dimensions to this giant of a man, but this sentence did jump out at me within the context of our conversation here: “Scholars acknowledge a more or less important bisexual component in Byron’s very complex sentimental and sexual life.” Now this has got me thinking about apples falling from trees, Dr. Byron (joking, of course).

  4. Khloe Kouture 6 months ago

    Every turn is right on the money. So thoughtful and well composed. Kisses!

    • Author
      Mona 6 months ago

      Thanks Khloe – very happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Giggles and Huggles, Mona

  5. Kendra Woods 3 months ago

    That was awesome and oh so true…thanks for laugh and smile.

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