Make-up Box

January 11, 2009
By Kaitlin Brand, Setauket, NY

Lay the foundation,
Softly, evenly.
Disguise the tearstains; the sorrow.
Build a façade of apathy.

Concealer next:
to hide the stress and sleepless nights.
A touch of rouge to
help me feel.

Mask the eyes with confidence.
Line them to define it.
Mascara to heighten it.

Paint on a smile
and deceive the world.

Add a dab of irony
to the neck and wrists:

Translucent power sets it all,
molds the mask to my skin.
It lets them see what they want to see.

I’ve gone so far, tried so hard.
I do not recognize the face reflecting back at me,
or the girl smiling in the pictures.

What have I become?
A parody of me.
Courtesy of my make-up box.

Similar Articles


This article has 0 comments.

Parkland Book