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Beauty Contest - Poem by MARINA GIPPS

I glossed my teeth so I could smile,
vaselined, long enough for the losing.
Bore high heels with a bumble bee swimsuit.
I flew in with the swarm, toxic yet dizzying.
The men applauded, their moustached breaths
making me feel like a violated pornstar.
Age ten and sunbathing, searching for kinder vistas.
All father figures, saying they would take care of me.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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