Quest For Perfection

Quest For Perfection

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(make your mind up)

"
not content with the quickest of fixes
an application of pretty pink lipstick
or a coat or two of slick nail polish

some dames invest far further
maxing out their shocked credit cards
to purchase a full kissable pout

or heavily defined threaded eyebrows
permanent dark tinted long eye lashes
a tattoo or two inked on body parts

not to mention bleaching of teeth
gleaming brighter than virgin snow
to flash winter white at all and sundry

a botox shot can hide laughter lines
can fill in the odd imperfections
or braver still consult a plastic surgeon

who will enhance those curvaceous parts
add emphasis and a few cup sizes to
those twin peaks filled with silicon gel

as derrieres are currently in fashion
plump up those plummy cushions
of fleshy non dimpled soft seating

what happened to natural beauty
seems it's died a dreadful death
takes time and money to be fake

I haven't even mentioned tanning
or hair extensions yet and I bet
I've missed a few others




© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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and it cost not one red cent to be natural...and that is the best beauty of them all....
many hide behind a facade....a fake smile, a fake look because they don't trust that their real one will be good enough....
if only we could love ourselves enough to just present the truth.
j.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

I am having a bit of a dig here at young women who seem to be doing everything they can too oblitera.. read more



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Kay
This poem really hits the nail on the head! I was honestly chuckling during the "shocked credit cards" line, as it gives such an accurate impression of the dilemma. I love that the poem offers attention to individual methods that women frequently turn to for their perceived increase of value, but it comes full circle at the end to natural beauty. You close the poem by emphasizing how natural beauty is a free and effortless state of being in comparison to the endlessness inconvenience of all these "improve your look" techniques. It's refreshing to have more women acknowledge the capitalistic gain of these cosmetic industries that intentionally breed our insecurities and feed off of our purchases.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you for this great review. Whatever happened to natural beauty eh? My 19 year old granddaughte.. read more
Chris; this sounds like my daughter spot on!!! She told me last week that her false eyelashes (glued on ) we falling off!!! Yes, this is so true; no natural beauty or graceful aging without a care. There seems to be a specialist for enhancing all body parts, and costly too! doesn't cause anything to be natural!
Nice work Chris!

Posted 5 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Betty. Smiling at your response. My granddaughter Beth was certainly one of many I had in .. read more
Betty Hermelee

5 Months Ago

Yes, you too!
your 2nd last para says it all.
some people binge on what i call 'body retrofits'. i don't know what they actually see when they look in the mirror. i think those lip fillers are just the absolute worst.
cheerio carola


Posted 5 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Have to agree the pout trout look does nothing for a woman's looks at all. Thank you so much for you.. read more
yes youve missed a few others

in an attempt to have a light skin
babes have gone to the extent of mixing oils
using it on their bodies
and as a result

red red patches in some parts of skin which obviously add a few more years to that babes years

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Oh Cassie, such a pity they want to change the shade of their skin :(( Especially as it causes damag.. read more
I spent a few dollars trying to change my hairline and the profile of my belly. I now notice quite a difference but I’m not very happy with the new look. :)

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Ha, just to show it isn't just us dames trying to meddle with nature. I bet you are lovely just the .. read more
Wow! You just tore into a muti-billion dollar (pound) industry my fair lady!! How did women (and some men) get to such a point!!?? Even in the ad below your poem someone wants you to worry over sagging jowls!!! Why are so many so concerned they don't have a perfect body. Over here huge amounts of money are spent on memberships to "fitness" centers. God help us get back to matters that really count!!!! Sorry for the rant. A great poem Chris . . . that will fall on many deaf ears.
T

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Loved your response Tom. I do enjoy a rant every now and again, and you certainly matched mine. All .. read more
"Takes time and money to be fake" is among the sharpest and truest statements in your poem, Chris. And, what a waste. In the US, I believe this is the largely the result of social media and Hollywood. Both have created a false reality, an imagined normalcy that many seek. Sadly, we've lost ourselves and an appreciation for natural beauty and its simplicity, which you've expressed so well here.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Great review Ray. Share your thoughts entirely. Many thanks.

Chris
R.E. Ray

6 Months Ago

You’re welcome, Chris.
This is so sadly true - well I for one can proudly boast that no Botox, silicon, ink or any such treatments have ever been experimented with on this body lol - however I do own a tube or two of mascara haha! Oh and a curling iron ;)

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

I also have the mascara, but as for the rest, it's a no no:) Thank you for reading and sharing your .. read more
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SKY
So true, the beauty of simplicity has been taken over by mask & fillers...
Great to see some still live by simplicity with grace. Like they say "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

Cheers! Chris!

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you SKY for your thoughts and your understanding. All good wishes.

Chris
SKY

6 Months Ago

Welcome Chris & Blessings for you!
fully kissable pouts. Yup, seen that many a time. Makes 'em look like trouts, and nowadays there are lots of blokes playing the same stupid game.

Au naturel does it for me every time. Eye of the beholder and all that.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Trout pout. My husband says the same. Agree about blokes jumping on the bandwagon. Also agree about .. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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