General Poetry posted September 20, 2014

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Beauty is on the inside


by pearlecat

A good parent
teaches us

teaches us
to turn away

don't stare

don't curl your lip
or raise your brow

a good parent
teaches us

never shoot arrows
of unkind words

you are not the bow
of judgments

they are not targets



they should be a reminder
my darlings

of how lucky you are
to not be one of them



a good parent
teaches us

about them

to grace them
with a piteous smile

showing them

you are sorry

sorry for the way
they turned out

but I want to stare

I want to stare hard

I want to observe them
like a predator

collecting their flaws
like birds caged

I want to drop
my flesh

as if it were
an ill-fitted coat

and don theirs

their flesh

and set their birds free

I want to know what it means

what it means
to be stalked by the need
to be beautiful

to look them
in the eyes

a blind heart

running its fingertips
across a Braille soul

perforated with desires

to be good enough

to be loved

I want to roar
like Tsunami
at those



those that don designer dresses
stitched in silver tongues

tear them from the hem
where they've worn them too long

those that think beauty
is fare commerce
for a societal gatekeeper

to stop

they who are not white enough
they who are not thin enough
they who are not beautiful enough

they who are not rich enough
to purchase a key

I want to inhabit
the flesh of


who feel locked out

I want to know
their name

and say it in the mirror

to create a memory

that says to them

you were never


never ugly


I saw this painting and I loved it! It haunted me. I love it when that happens, I know something is coming. Now judge not, unless ye be judged.
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