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Swan Song

 
These days, everywhere you look
on billboards, television, Facebook:      
adverts for invaluable beauty products    
     
POND’S® Rejuveness      
and other anti wrinkle creams      
guaranteed to torpedo ugly      
ducklings right out of the water!    
     
Synonymous with flawless skin    
age is the nemesis of youth      
---its agents madly storming beaches    
marching their jackbooted crows feet    
around as many closed eyelids    
as there are heads in the sand    
and asses held up in high esteem    
      
If only this film
was just a Technicolor dream . . .    
     
because in 4K Ultra High Definition    
not even us Hollywood starlets    
can hide our hairy      
moled and freckled faces    
from scrutiny surrounding      
the skin's mutiny    
     
What was wrong with      
Polaroids and VHS tapes    
you sadistic fucks?    
     
Now more exposed than ever    
the secret of what we really look like    
is out and laid bare
in a red carpet affair    
Unfair!
     
Alright, Mr. DeMille,    
I'm ready for my close-up
   
     
Best to avert your eyes!      
Turn back now while you can!      
For all of you beer bellied Adonises    
are but a Gorgon's breath away    
from becoming Michelangelo's next David  
     
 
MaryWalker
Written by MaryWalker
Published | Edited 21st Jul 2021
Author's Note
for the Classic Corner Comp "Variations on the Word Love" @
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11965/

inspired by Margaret Atwood's "Siren Song"
for the Classic Corner Comp "Variations on the Word Love" @
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11965/

inspired by Margaret Atwood's "Siren Song"
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/32778/siren-song

quote in italics from the movie "Sunset Boulevard"
https://youtu.be/5gbknao5D-U
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