Lynn Stillman

Rookie (9/23/63 / Jacksonville, FL)

Perfection - Poem by Lynn Stillman

Looking at the magazine covers,
in the checkout line at the grocery story.
Thin, perfect movie stars, the latest diets
then recipes for the fattiest cakes and cookies
No wonder women struggle and strive
for the ideal face and body weight.
So they suffer in silence
as they try to binge and purge,
the image of themselves that they hate.
Maybe they think it is the only thing
that they have control over,
to be the perfect mother or wife.
They see the emaciated models
on the catwalk, but that red carpet,
and black tie world are simply not real life.
Slowly, they transform into living skeletons
but the image they see is distorted,
like a carnival funhouse mirror.
So they keep starving themselves
believing that to the ideal woman
they are drawing nearer and nearer.

Comments about Perfection by Lynn Stillman

  • Captain Cur (8/13/2012 10:22:00 PM)

    True I know people, men and women, who always seem
    to be on a diet. Always trying to find the ideal weight and look.
    The image of beauty has changed. Voluptuous used to be in,
    now its skeletal. Well at least I fit in.

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  • (8/1/2012 3:03:00 PM)

    such a brilliant write....woman always envy the models on magazine or actress and struggle through it
    people put it simply but you said it beautifully.......again such a brilliant piece
    thanks for sharing it with us

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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