That’s What I Want

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
Live in a world
Where there’s no mask
For my face
Of pigmented foundation
And smokey-eye shadow
Lipstick to give me
That luscious full pout
That’s what it’s all about

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
Give up my caffeine fix
My Mountain Just Dew It
Diet Coke habit
Six pack on my hips
To wash down a bottle
Of diet pills I take
To kill the hungry pit
And make size zero fit

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
Let my boyfriend’s eyes
Stray to other girls and guys
He might decide
The younger, thinner model
This season’s fashion accessory
Is what he wants on his arm
The centerfold promised lies
Of airbrushed, photo-shopped thighs

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
Let even a second go by
Where I’m not center stage
My Twitter page
Filled with photos of food
I didn’t eat, but still tweet
From my smart phone ap
Current mood: a bleating sheep
Like this if you’re asleep

 

Writing Prompt by I Came For The Soup: All I Need

CHALLENGE:  Imagine it is the end of the world as you know it. (You can take this figuratively or literally…its your world after all.) You have limited time to flee to safety and you have limited space. You can only carry up to 5 of the most important things you will need to survive. NO MORE THAN 5. What is it that you will carry with you?

RULES:

  1. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you would NOT be able to survive without.
  2. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED AT ALL.
  3.  Trash the list under point 1.
  4. Now take the list of Absolutely unnecessary items and write a poem/short short story about why you or your character just can’t live in a world without these 5 items.

My 5 “absolutely don’t need at all” items were: make-up, cell phone, soda, boyfriend, and diet pills.

I sort of  skipped the ‘end of the world’ aspect, sorry, but I’ve recently been becoming more and more indignant toward the way we have molded our society, the way we pressure our children, the way we have almost completely replaced substance with superficial as everything that matters.

Last night I watched a documentary on Netflix called America the Beautiful which looked at things like the modern standards of beauty, the modeling industry, the advertisement industry, etc.

I swear, I am going to start a women’s magazine that bans ads using underage models, ads for makeup or diets of any kind, ads for drugs of any kind, ads for clothing, ads for perfumes, ads which depict nude or partially nude models, and ads which otherwise perpetuate the view of women as objects.

Instead it’ll have models comprised of average women, articles on women in every industry, from every social class, of every beautiful color and nationality.  Women CNC machine operators, women fire fighters, women combat soldiers, women stay-home mothers, women wives, women singles, and young women and girls in school, college, and clubs.

It’ll feature articles on sewing tips next to welding tips, how to fold fitted sheets and how to rewire a light fixture, how to fit a bra properly next to how to change a car’s oil.

Maybe I should have filed this entry under ‘rant’. 😉

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12 thoughts on “That’s What I Want

  1. You are so incredibly talented! I love what you have done with this prompt. The visual imagery and the relevance of your subject go without saying. If we were at a poetry slam, you would definitely have filled the room with the sound of snapping fingers after that poem.
    As far as skipping the end of the world bit, I don’t think you did at all. You spun it your on way which was what the prompt was about. The end of the world in this poem, from my point of view, is ending a world of superficial beauty. What if we lived in world where thin thighs, make-up and doing everything just to please a boyfriend were no longer issues that we faced on a daily basis? What would you take with you in that world? The total converse of this poem. WELL DONE! 😀

    • Y’know, I’ve never done spoken-word poetry. Or rather, I should say I’ve never performed it. Have you ever heard of Sarah Kay? I first heard of her on Ted Talks a few years ago, and I admire her so much!

      • I have not heard of her but I will look her up today. I did share your results on my facebook pages and also had my sister who is a College English professor among other things and she loved what you did as well. If you are the only person that shares their results from this prompt or even attempts to do the prompt, it was well worth my time to create it. Again, job well done.

  2. I agree with Candice.
    This poem is not only great for it’s rhythm but it shows wonderfully your attitude about todays society, and I absolutely agree with you! I would love to read your magazine! There are so many things in life that are put aside while superficial is something forced on us to like and to strive for. I am so tired of that. Where did true values go?

  3. Please do it, the world needs a magazine like that!! Real Women Stuff or something of that sort. I have had enough of pop videos in which the music is just a forgettable adjuncts to soft porn in which women’s crotch seem to feature way too heavily. I started writing a song about it – if I record it I’ll post you a link =)

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