Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

I've Lost My Looks

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

I've Lost My Looks

Article excerpt

I know you've seen them

just a second ago.

Somewhere around here?

I've looked everywhere,

turned the house upside down.

Crammed fingers into crevices,

flailed arms under beds, rooted

in trash.

For my effort:

uncapped lipstick,

palmful of sequins,

Slimfast wrapper,

three Press-On nails.

Sure, I've always been careless

with things better kept close-

house keys, phone numbers,

certain lovers,

certain truths.

Maybe my looks felt neglected,

not paid attention to in years

they ran away.

I mean, I tried:

There was that pricy online lotion,

those Atkins cookbooks,

chia shakes, hot yoga.

But who has time? …

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