Makeup: A Poem

Updated on February 24, 2017

Why do we wear makeup like a mask,

To cover all our flaws,

Like it will erase failures from our past,

And make our future brighter,

Like our smiles aren't enough,

Unless our lips are the perfect color,

And every time we ask each other, "How are you?",

We recite, "Good.",

Even when we feel misunderstood,

How dare we show any true emotion,

When we can't even show our true face,

We have to cover it with the judgement of our society,

Because without it we don't feel pretty,

But it's pretty sad that we listen to those who judge,

Instead of those who love us,

For our hearts and souls and brains,

Instead of the latest lipstick shade,

And it's pretty ironic that we applaud those who go makeup free,

Like their courage is their beauty,

But we have to hide behind our foundation and our fear,

Of showing imperfection,

Because then maybe we'd really look human,

Just like everyone else.

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        Erin Bower 14 months ago from Georgia

        Jodah: Thanks so much! Yes, and I think it's something that everyone needs to learn. It's something I need to remember about myself as well.

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        John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        What a great poem, Erin. There is a very important lesson in it that many people need to read. It is sad that people have to be so concerned for appearances and what others think rather than just be their natural selves and loved for who they are rather than what they look like.

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        Erin Bower 14 months ago from Georgia

        PDXKaraokeGuy: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this and I really appreciate your kind words. :)

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        Justin W Price 14 months ago from Juneau, Alaska

        Nice poem, Erin. I like the flow and good word choice. Simple, yet effective. Well written.