Beauty Routine

Plump the lips
pad the ass,
pull abs in

Push-up bras
and false eyelash,
botox, and brows

Make us pretty
much less witty –
do not overdo

Natural is rave
naked is yuck –
to find perfection

choose a routine
that sculpts and
shapes, then lie.

(dVerse quadrille prompt is yuck,  Ragtag Community is plump, Fandango offers routine, Daily Addictions is apparent.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

54 thoughts on “Beauty Routine

  1. Too much work to go against the tide of nature’s way. My dermatologist has another name for those oversize age spots on my hands. He calls them “wisdom spots” — uh huh. I am old enough to be his mother. What does he know. Ha!

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  2. Oh my, a lot of work. I’m too tired. After a couple years of ‘naked yuck” I have gone back to a little foundation, blush and mascara (on days I don’t think I’ll be crying). Even that is a lot to bother with so I don’t know how long this lie will last.

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  3. When women (and men too, sometimes) get carried away with the artifice, I can’t help imagining their suitor’s disappointment the first time he/she sees them bare-faced or bare-skinned. Much better to find that balance you describe so well. Great poem!

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