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Blue Lips and Rhombus Eyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

My reflection is perceived as distorted and inadequate.
I want to peel off freckles and pluck out eyelashes;
Send them off in a sealed envelope without
An address, or any marking from the alphabet.
In today's society, the qualifications to be seen as “beautiful”
Have erupted to features and attributes
Almost impossible to maintain, let alone inherit.
We indulge ourselves in cryptic collages
Of the chiseled nose, collagen lip, photo-shopped eye.
Thousands of dollars later and you too
Can amplify the uptight rules of the luxurious life.
You'll continue to behave as if beauty finds your salvation.
I'll continue to add turpentine to my foundation to resemble
A creature one makeover less startling than a pterodactyl.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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NikkiJA This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm
this is EXCEPTIONAL. you nailed this topic beautifully, and right on the dot. your language is fresh and original....wonderful work!
 
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