Quest For Perfection

Quest For Perfection

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

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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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This is a writing, full of truth and moral advice. I wish people could understand these facts and stop chasing after illusion.
Because, perfection itself isn't perfect. While we are trying to get a side done, the other side is getting out of its place, not even talking about those sides we couldn't see or perceive.

Well written, Chris.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Days Ago

Thanks Fay for your thoughts here. You know exactly what I am getting at. All good wishes.
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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 6 Hours Ago


No Thankyou..I’ll grow old gracefully and nomore dyeing hair and toxins for me...never done Botox or fillers or breast jobs etc...take me as I am or please don’t block the traffic as you leave...true words spoken here...🌹

Posted 18 Hours Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

13 Hours Ago

We share the same thoughts here Kelly. Many thanks for your visit. All the best.

Chri.. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

13 Hours Ago

Pleasure is mine...hoping all is well with you🌹
Christine Anne Shaw

13 Hours Ago

All good with me. Will be better still when spring arrives :)
Perfect lies within, anyone with half a brain knows that; but far too many of our species are more concerned with outward appearance, than inner goodness.

Greek physician, Galen (129-216 AD), wrote this as part of his teachings.

The object of the cosmetic part of medicine is to produce an enhancement of beauty, while the object of the decorative part is to preserve everything natural in the body that is naturally accompanied by beauty. The appearance of the head suffering from alopecia is ugly, as it is with the eyes when the eyelashes and the hairs of the eyebrows fall out; and these hairs contribute not only to beauty but much more to health of the parts…But to make the colour of the face whiter by means of drugs, or redder, or the hair of the head curly, or yellow, or black, or to make it much longer, as is done, and the operations like these, belong to the depravity of cosmetics and not to the healing art.

Some things never change, do they. :))

Beccy.


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Christine Anne Shaw

13 Hours Ago

Some things don't change and we appear to have an epidemic taking place regarding fake looks at the .. read more
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I think there is an old Jewish saying that goes something like, Woman is the best of creations; thank you, God, for making me a man. Or, so my wife, Myrina, has taught me - Not just the saying, but its reality. Like you, in your poem, she is an expert in that way.

PS Grammarly wants me to use "as" instead of "like" in my last sentence

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Day Ago

Thank you for your visit and sharing your thoughts. They were read with interest and appreciated. Pl.. read more
he he the content is always so much more important than the package... but in this age everyone gets mesmerized by the box and the contents become the afterthought:( It's funny I always notice that the prettier the box quite often the less the quality of its content not the rule mind you but it's a good bet... at least when we bought cracker jacks we always knew there was a prize inside and you always got too few peanuts but that made them all the more tasty:) by the way that threading thing is absolutely vile to me why would anyone do that to themselves Chris... Yuck!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Day Ago

Hello Bunny. Always good to have your thoughts. Yes it's a great pity a bit more work isn't done on .. read more
You always manage to use such fine language around topics such as the above, Chris.

Not long ago a darling elderly friend and I were chatting about tv personalities. She, dear lady said that she'd noticed how people - men as well as women, have been 'done up' - worked on via cosmetic surgeons and all the expensive lippie manufacturers that good manners and kindness seem to be less. Was/is as if too much focus on the outer Self had swept away thoughts of other people, kindness, good manners, etc.

Have truly thought about that. Can pay pounds to have a wall plastered wall for instance, but they won't last forever and it's purely cosmetic, still have to have other work done on it and most of that's temporary. Meantime, as with cosmetic surgery and all that, does it make a person gentle, kind, charming or - self -indulgent divas?

There could be truth there. My research is on .going! The original speaker, a true lady, is into her early eighties. Each and every one of her lines and fingers a'tremble are beautiful and precious.

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emmajoy

1 Day Ago

I trust the elderly.. no nonsense battlers and survivors plus, and honest as the day born. May I .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Day Ago

You may Em :))
emmajoy

1 Day Ago

Thank you! She'll be so delighted. Have you seen/heard from Neville? I know he's not at all happy.. read more
I think everyone deserves to feel beautiful. Sadly, rather than focusing on the beauty within so many chase after what's fashionably acceptable in the moment by society. These trends fade but the damage done to one's body can be irreversible. Some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood have ruined their natural beauty with cosmetic surgery (i.e., Meg Ryan and Jennifer Grey). The very things that made them uniquely beautiful was erased with plastic surgery. The real tragedy is when people go overboard and plastic surgeons are only too willing to give them what they want all for the sake of the mighty dollar. It's really hard to feel sorry for someone when he/she willingly does such harm to his/her physical well being. I think our moral compass as a society is severely lacking, and no amount of plastic surgery will ever repair that damage.

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

Thank you Linda Marie for your interesting and thoughtful response. You are appreciated.

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Very good Chris. You've painted a good picture ... of ladies painting their faces. Sometimes I wonder what's hidden underneath. In the words of Burns 'the rank is but the guineas stamp, the ladies the good for a' that.' Sadly I fear the men are catching up fast. Luckily for me it's all too late and I've smashed the mirror.
Cheers, Alan

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

So good to have your thoughts here Alan. I have to say I am quite happy to stand back and let them a.. read more
dear Chris... you cannot fake a tender Kiss
or dimples implanted on rosy cheeks...
at least not yet. Readjusting can only be
done with a natural smile. I wear flowers in my hair.
Love your humor and your smile. truly, Pat

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

Thank you Pat. Flowers in the hair, are truly beautiful. So much nicer than hair extensions. Not onl.. read more
Beauty is, indeed, a multi-billion dollar industry. A lot riding on women feeling poor enough about their natural state to go seek out ‘help’ or ‘improvement.’ It is a sad state of affairs, but seems like it’s part of human civilization.

I recently came across some ads from the 50’s that said awful, derogatory things about housewives in an effort to get them to buy beauty products that would ensure their husbands didn’t go find satisfaction elsewhere.

Today’s women have the pleasure of seeing so-called perfection everywhere and being sent mixed messages about natural beauty being desired, but needing myriad products to achieve it. A popular commercial in the states around the holidays was a makeup commercial that told women they were beautiful as they were, but nevertheless showcased a parade of heavily made up women.

It takes strength to avoid being pulled in by the messages that, as women, we can always improve on what nature provided. Your message is great because it highlights that battle.

I have heard of Botox parties. I don’t even know what to say about that. Great poem, Chris.

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Days Ago

Dear Eilis, botox parties. What next? Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here. I found them.. read more

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