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Beauty only visits once a year,
clawing it’s fury down into the shape of
scratch marks onto our wooden tables with its lovely
French manicured nails.
Following rueful tradition, with a toss of
golden hair, I am given the once in a life
time present of my own choosing.
Beauty prefers to keep it short and simple,
our contact minimal as it checks
flawless skin in a compact mirror, reapplying ruby
red lipstick while following me down the aisles
of my sanctuary, a book’s haven.
Beauty is strong, pain enduring, fluffing the
unbearably hot fur coat up and down
its bony shoulders as if winter stood at its thin back.
Beauty’s façade makes a wave of
handsome ties and stiff suits swoon as it struts past
them down the cracked pavement, a red carpet
of velvet in its own arrogant eyes.
Novel tucked under my arm, I wave beauty goodbye
as it sets itself upon the plush leather throne
of its limo and drives away without a backward glance.
I wonder if next year its hair will have been dyed
another exotic color, or perhaps bring
another poor trapped animal tied with it at
the waist, calling itself her husband. Beauty now forgotten,
I escape into my humble threshold to clean
down the scratched tables.



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Laugh-it-OutThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm:
WOW this was beutiful, great job and keep up the good work!
 
Memories_Of_Nobody This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm :
Thank you so much!!
 
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JacqueleenDubois This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm:
Kisses to the author, this was wonderful.
 
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fireandrainThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm:
wow. i like the table scratches part!
 
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BookWriter said...
Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm:
Wonderful!
 
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tracetrace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm:
This was so beautiful. I loved it!
 
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