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Dirty Perfection

February 7, 2016
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 631 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

they like to disguise our
health and
body language
with materialism
adorn the germs with gems
and jewels
they say
with sparkling bracelets
by obscure designer names that
drip pearls onto
white-washed skin
but the truth is we are all born from our
hold my bacteria-hand
caress my twirling cheeks
embrace hidden
my diagnosis is a
flattened flower-petal crown
and rocket-high blood cell count
and tangible skin
not the porcelain models on the
the truth is
bacteria squirms in
spitting out sparkles
and highlighted blues and
faded hues
as if they were toxic
hold my bacteria-hand
kiss my twirling cheeks
look at yourself
through my glossy pupils
and tell me if
I should
mirror the eyes
of my

The author's comments:

Initially an ekphrastic poem based on a lovely collage by Edouard Duval-Carrie. 

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on Aug. 30 2016 at 10:09 pm
RainWriter GOLD, Rochester, New York
12 articles 10 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If not me, who? If not now, when?" -Emma Watson, Gender Equality is Your Issue Too, Speech at the United Nations

I love this poem! You're so talented!

on Mar. 16 2016 at 9:02 pm
Samtom311 PLATINUM, Delray Beach, Florida
27 articles 3 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities." -Ayn Rand

OMG Hannah! What a scandalous photo to chose! Lol, I absolutely love this poem and the descriptions are AMAZING! Bravo! Oxox