A Simple Make-up Routine (or Maybe She’s Born with It)

Dedication: to Institutionalization, which makes all of man ugly and insecure and susceptible to “tutorials”; to the brave women who live under patriarchy, which conditions you to see yourself and others like the separate compartments of a make-up palette; and to diversity, which says there is no such thing as the unwanted square – in fact, there is no such thing as a blemish.

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L. Hughes: “What happens to a dream deferred?”
Aurora: “I know [this much is] true, that visions are seldom all they seem.”
L. Hughes: “Does it explode?”
Aurora: “You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.”

A Simple Make-up Routine (or Maybe She’s Born with It)

These dreamboat eyes would throw shade at the sun
and scorn to be compared to heaven’s gem
But all the Experts say to merit love
I must present a face that pleases Them

I’m groomed to brush soft roses on this face
to trim the joy that raised its cheekbones high
Ambition in her form Convention hates
Contoured to suffocate those dreams was I

I fain would love her voice but I was taught
the world is filled with far more pleasing sounds
Enchanting glimpse of her I almost caught
Tradition’s mirror keeps my gaze aground

So Corporate sells regard in fix’ed kit
and burns all human hearts as counterfeit

 

 

 

*It might help to know that this is a take on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

via Daily Prompt: Doubt

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