Description: Trompe l'oeil (French for "fool the eye") is an art term that describes a photorealistic style. It's often used on buildings to mimic windows or other elements.
If Beauty Exists -------------------------------------------
At the end of the day
she takes off her trompe l'oeil beauty.
The perfect skin washes down the drain.
The sculptured curls turn bamboo straight.
The blue contacts return to the case.
You look at this bland being,
and you wonder if beauty exists.
Perhaps even plants paint on their blooms
when no one is looking.
This is beautiful. You brought me to tears, and not a lot of people can do that. It sounds like you're trying to describe our every attempt to make ourselves acceptable or "beautiful". This hit such a cord with me you don't even know. Thank you for writing it.
I love the suggestion that perhaps flowers remove their make-up when no one is looking--perhaps that's why night is so dark? That reminds me of times when as a child I would peer hard out of the corner of my eyes--then abruptly turn my head hoping to catch unawares--the fairies I just KNEW were in the corner. I Sally Bland am a truly "bland" being lol, but then I do tons of money on make-up and other cosmetic products. Cannot really think of any criticism though, Silver
I don't know if this is the effect you wanted on the audience, but from this corner there was a good laugh. Yup, if we don't have faces to put on, we'll pull funny ones, but we are sooo afraid of showing our own. Why?
Wow..that was really amazing. It was short but it said so much. I absolutely loved the plant reference at the end, it was a fantastic way to end everything and the idea was also very thought provoking. Keep up the great work!
this is really well done... i love it! i love the end with the plants painting themselves while no one else is watching... makes you think what beauty actually is and not what society portrays it to be... great write!
very nice. "the perfect skin washes down the drain..." great line! i've always been amazed by women who put so much make up on. i always wondered, what are they "making up" for? i like the reference at the end to the flowers perhaps painting on their blooms. great ending! another great slice of minimalism from you, dumplin!
Just thought I'd comment one poem everyday since you have so many. This one is pretty good, really had me thinking and mentally nodding in agreement with almost everything in the poem. Another fanrastic job, as always.
O wow. This was absolutely marvelous and true. Looks can be rather deceiving. You may look at a person with blue eyes, skin looking pure and healthy, hair so well formed, but then the person goes home, gets the mask off and into its genuine form. The same can be with those who may seem grotesque. But beauty does exist, you just got to look inside of it. Inner beauty is real beauty.
Thank you for your comment on my "an unattainable dream". I appreciate it very much, and am very flushed to know its my best work or seems so. I changed the word gluing/glued into forging/forged. Thank you again.
By the way, you're a very pretty lady :). Take care.