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(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

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Barbie Doll

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Monday, June 06, 2011


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  • Yvette Jenkins (3/22/2014 6:18:00 AM)

    Wow! Great poem. Very deep and touching! Your use of words to describe the reality of society's perception on image·

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  • Lyn Paul (11/16/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    Wonderful words wriiten here. I would much prefer to look at a face full of character and expression then to look at one that has no flaws. Very moving and thought provoking.

  • Husna Amin (11/16/2013 11:34:00 AM)

    Excellent is the word! the reality really hits you hard...

  • Liliana ~el (11/16/2013 6:29:00 AM)

    Omigawsh this is really deep and dark. Really unfortunate how this is the reflection of our societies.

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/16/2013 4:31:00 AM)

    Normal girls are now so hard to find
    As each wants to walk the ramp of fame
    Starving to exhibit the missing curves
    All to make money or just a name.....

    Excellent poem I welcome all to my page too fro your valuable comments...

  • Bertha Khatchadourian (9/6/2013 7:23:00 PM)

    I think that this poem is very sad, but yet very true. mostly in this generation girls try to be something they are not.
    They don't have self confidence, they look at others around them and try to be like them. They need to be happy about what they have not what others want them to have. Not everyone is perfect so just be yourself.

  • Bertha Khatchadourian (9/6/2013 7:17:00 PM)

    I think that this poem is very sad, but yet very true. mostly in this generation girls try to be something they are not.
    They don't have self confidence, they look at others around them and try to be like them. They need to be happy about what they have not what others want them to have. Not everyone is perfect so just be yourself.

  • Sevana Avaneceian (9/5/2013 2:36:00 PM)

    I think the poem is really sad. Society has become so bad and alot of women now a days will go above and beyond to change who they really are and I find that really sad. Be happy with how you look and who you are. Dont ever change for anyone or anything. At the end your real beauty is covered and will never be revealed

  • Sevana Avaneceian (9/5/2013 2:34:00 PM)

    I think this poem is really sad and awfull. So many girls now a days care about beauty so much that they will go above and beyond to change who they really are and actually cover their real inner and outter beauty. Stay the way God created you. Dont ever change for anyone or anything.

  • Sevana Avaneceian (9/5/2013 2:31:00 PM)

    I disagree I would never change my self for anyone or anything. Your're who you are and if no one doesnt want to except you for who you are then they're not worth your time. Its not all about the looks. Beauty comes in every shape, size and form thats including your're relgion. Be you and stay faithful to your're self and respect what God gave you as human. This is a really sad poem. Alot of girls do suffer from inner and outter beauty. You dont need to starve yourself to stay skinny. Eating healthy and small meal portions are the way to go. Its so sad what alot of females do now a days. Stay the way you are and never change.I think this poem is really sad and awfull.

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