Rayanda Arts

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After The Liberation - Poem by Rayanda Arts

She's enjoyed being nineteen
these past ten years,
but it takes longer nowadays
to get made-up
into a post-liberated woman
of the twenty-first century.
She arches her brows
to pluck the years away,
after erasing her troubles
with expensive creams
paid for by
she can't remember
which lover.
She thinks nothing at all
of making over the truth
to seduce the mirror
into telling lovely lies.
She leans a little closer
to bleach her mustache,
then steps back to tease
her freeze-dried hair.
She brushes her teeth
bright and clean,
to talk dumb and dirty
to the men she
teases and pleases
into escorting her
to all the places
she can't afford.
Not with bills,
ever coming
bills to pay.
She banged up
her car again.
One more blemish
she brushes aside
with her designer blush.
She paints a pretty picture
with ultrasoft mink,
transforming two pale lines
into plump, ripe beauties
a little too good
to be true.
That'll do.
There's no time
for critical thought,
only for one last look
before she presses
her lips together
to kiss her creation.

AFTER THE LIBERATION. Copyright © 2009 by Rayanda Arts. Protected by a Creative Commons license: You are free to share and distribute this work for noncommercial purposes provided you retain attribution to Rayanda Arts and make no derivative works. This notice of copyright must be retained on any electronic or printed copies.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 7, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, May 3, 2010

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