Thoko Mangena


What Is Beauty? - Poem by Thoko Mangena

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They talk about her hair and the colour of her eyes
They talk about her body and booty
Like its a price
What is this beauty they talk of?
Is it the colour of my skin,
The extensions and crazy weaves
What is beauty?

She spends time in the gym
Grunting and pumping
Shakes and diets
 Fingers down her throught
Too skinny too fat
What is beauty?

She has Prada, Gucci and Calvin
Shes part Dolce and part money
She dresses skimpy and sells her body
Sex makes her feel pretty

The media sells colognes and perfumes
Perfect bodies, fantasies
The media sells money 
And calls it beauty
What is beauty?

I pant my nails rainbow
Get my hair done special
A tight dress and painful shoes
All for a night to feel beautiful
Wont somebody tell me what is beauty

Whats wrong with my sneakers?
And natural african hair?
What wrong with my blues t-shirt
Taken from an old boyfriend?
Why is that not beauty?
Why is comfort not beauty?
What is beauty?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 25, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, July 25, 2014


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