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February 1, 2009
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Rock star,
drug addict,
or geriatric on the rebound from cataract surgery,
she said,
are the only legitimate personas for sunglass-wearing.

But what about style and flirtation and Jackie O?

What about beaches
and tan lines
and ocean-stained copies of Time?

What about adolescence
and wrinkled hot dogs
and the velvety shores of Jersey?

Do you have an opinion on the grammatically stunted drugstore novel
or the vulgarity of toe rings?

What of that sapphire swimsuit that’s missing three jewels
and chapped lips
and that obscene practice permissible only after achieving a stupefied state of tourism (long after fanny packs and card decks) known as bike-renting?

Seriously, Mother, what do you make of chuckling quietly at women
whose shrunken, upturned noses can’t support their aviators,
or that psychedelic rainbow emitted by misshapen lenses,
rivaled only by oil leaks in the parking lots of supermarkets?

Nonsense. UV rays are fictionalized by the same people
who invented evolution and
global warming
and NASA.

No daughter of mine shall subscribe to that mongering,
that hullabaloo.
You’ll just have to squint.

But when she turned, I shaded my rusty eyes anyway,
if for no other reason than to shield myself for a little while against that blinding
light source
called humanity.

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ElusiveEve said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 3:56 am
Beautiful. I've written an article on shades too(Shady and Sophisticated), could you please read it? Though it isn't this cynical:)
Lainee said...
Jun. 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm
Your words portray tallent, allowing the reader to look through shades of individualized color to see something so common as sunglasses in such interesting insite. Bravo
cmoney1996 said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm
Only thing I'm going to say is it's A-O.K
Brandi K. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm
beautiful. youre a great poet1
Daniel D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 31, 2009 at 3:26 am
Beautiful. Poetry as it should be- Deep but presented in a user-friendly way. The best poem on here i've read today. There have been a few.
woohoo said...
May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm
That was absolutely stunning :]
It wasn't overly eloquaint or condescending, as this topic might was just real, and true, and visceral.
Brilliant; keep up the good work!
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm
I love your poem...It was very interesting and it made sense...keep it up!!
ParasiticVirtue said...
May 23, 2009 at 1:57 am
Good play on words. Bravo!
Kay-Pay said...
May 22, 2009 at 6:47 pm
This is one of the best poems I have ever read with my own 2 eyes!! Congratulations. You got my vote.
amyxu said...
May 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm
An interesting look at sunglasses. The symbolism came in a little late for me, but good job with description!
Caroline H. said...
May 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm
This poem is wile good, like it's something I can relate to, which I know has been said by so many other people, but I suppose that's because it's true loll. Nice poem anyway (Y)
Jenna P. said...
May 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm
I really like this.
Well done (:
JasmineForever said...
May 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm
I really Like your poem. I feel like i can relate to it in a way. Great job!
writer2b said...
May 20, 2009 at 11:22 am
This is rly good although there were parts that i felt you lost the readers attention.
cvlnst said...
May 20, 2009 at 2:06 am
I really, really love this! It reminds me of my English teacher... He doubts plenty of things... He says we're slaves to our cellphones and blah, blah, blah (and I don't disagree). Very very awesome. :)
Sarah C. said...
May 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm
This was really captured me, and made want to keep reading. Great work.
snc947 said...
May 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm
I love it! KEEP WRITING!!! ;P
Amber S. said...
May 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm
That was interesting. You drew me in and made me ask myself, "Why is she writing about sunglasses? There must be something more." And at the end, I got my answer. Wonderful job.
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:38 am
Very, very, very good. I completely understood what you were trying to say.
Pa S. said...
May 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm
good poem. make what you're saying clear next time. no offense.
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