Hello there friends, come one, come all
To read about one masked, though not for a grand ball
The topic given was to compare
Makeup and sins, my thoughts from nowhere
So challenge yourself and your ever wandering mind
Lipstick to lust and so forth, the clues I hope you can find
So kick back, sip on some tea when reading this poem
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*Note: This poem is in the preformatted form, where you may have to scroll horizontally in some of the stanzas to read the full lines.
(1) I’ve lived in this world long enough to realize That it didn’t matter whether you were kind or wise Money ruled in this society of mine For the amount of clothes and beauty grants you the right to shine.
(2) A house, handmaidens, corvettes, all left for me With one missing - a 1960 Classic in the depths of the sea License plate to grieve the gap in the railing And the media mogul and his wife who were wailing and flailing.
(3) A polishing of my nails in process during that time A smudge left as the result of a shocking text chime Perhaps the red signified the bright red bouquets Whose petals scattered the somber pathway.
(4) Alas, I did not share the others’ tears and cries For now I inherited unwanted bonds and ties The Sunset Times - wealth and hard work guaranteed Just the thought made me want to flee the responsibility.
(5) The managing, directing, clearing any mix-up, how tiresome All those tasks will surely chip my manicure - how bothersome I almost felt bad for the hard-working middle-class man Who desires money to survive, poor throughout his lifespan.
(6) Another month for breathing paper, alive and well To lay among the sand with no worries for the bell “Perhaps a look at your new empire today shall serve you well my lady. A grand and relieved welcoming will be likely.”
(7) “And the questioning? The call for ideas? The thought makes my skin want to break out. But I’m afraid it’s true, this visit long overdue. Time to see what the fuss is all about. Though Garrett, do not get me wrong, this courtesy only for my wealth Everlasting should my beauty stay, first among all, even above health.”
(8) A symbol of power, dominance, and control The center of the media, all things social A bronze plated sun placed in the center Though it cannot burn, it held an equal amount of power.
(9) With marble that made one’s step echo with pleasure And a carved tree whose life ended to fulfill importance and leisure My residence boasted more, both of the decór and company For silence is more pleasing than those asking to approve an obituary.
(10) Instead I had my eyes on a much bigger prize Still a youth I found myself drawn in by his appearance, his eyes How they screamed luscious, dreamy, perfect… mine So I started dreaming: lives so divine, our stars surely aligned.
(11) But the question stood on how to reel in a baited fish For I am known to all, the sweet dessert on the dish Bright green, framed with long black borders To give him a taste of what I saw: summer and white arbors.
(12) I should be the only one, step aside and beware Emily Rivers - that cheap girl rumored to have messed with this affair How desperate he clings onto her, voice sweet and sugary Only to receive a laugh designed to be complementary.
(13) What talents did she possess superior to mine My eyes powdered to perfection, a line so fine I am the champion, I am the victor Those fools bow as I pass, careful not to spark the lighter.
(14) Drawing a wing is quite simple, for it only requires Steadiness and resolve, a flick before your hand falls to retire And I remain trained on her, similar to the practice described Attract attention, welcome the shadows, last resort is to bribe.
(15) When does a tiger strike? Has one been close enough to see? I’ll put her on edge. I’ll allow her to remain carefree. A mask and a cape - true stylish options indeed But I’ll remain a star. With my way I’ll make her concede.
(16) Now comes a change of scenery Come sun kissed leaves, gone is the fresh greenery The required, pleated fabric against the edge of a boundary A swift breeze would reveal all, its pattern tempting and flowery.
(17) “Welcome back miss, I am terribly sorry for your loss.” “You are one out of two for I have gained a burden regardless.” Words wasted on such a worthless subject Their minds weighed with trivial people - I should be the object.
(18) “August, to see again such a joyous name. Even my words cannot bring enough what you deserve: great acclaim A new year, it’s time I say, I can offer more than just words A kiss, new phone, designer clothing, anything you wish or prefer.”
(19) Eyes glazed, the brilliant blue glassed over The ocean, the sky, one could throw themselves in, drunk or sober With bright rubies tucked underneath his chin I brought him in, his lips so near, mine right on his skin.
(20) With a grip on my shoulder, I accepted the invite But then his response took the flight instead of fight A faltering step I took, placed several inches away Glancing up to see a silent promise he needed to obey.
(21) “Though gorgeous and full of life, I cannot betray The twine that binds the love I have, of which I would never want frayed. For Emily Rivers, a beauty in plain sight, has stolen my love My world made bright, Eros’ rays always above.”
(22) Worthless. Trash. Not good enough. Not good enough. To be thrown aside for a simple peasant, what was placed on me, a tariff? Love. Yeu thuong. Ai. Amour. A language I was trained of, so when When did I, the queen, fail in recruiting one man?
(23) The taste of their soul, their desperate disguise With starving hands, they’ll drag it on till moonrise Then comes the slumber, the thought of what more to do Their eyes fluttering with excitement, granted a new identity, a grand debut.
(24) A glance around proved the corruption Ladies with their lips lined, what the men had, that became ambition With no hesitation did they leave, once business was done, finished, complete When another’s possessions capture their eyes, hark, they’ve found a new treat.
(25) That lifestyle, uncommon, unabashed, disposable with effort The game has ended, but starvation still present, how much more should I exert To taste those lips with the rainbow or classic red, to taste more Intoxicating was his scent, a new drug, one with yet a cure.
(26) A day, two, three, four, then five Their legacy still reigns, they’re dead, but I am alive And finally they notice, the daughter, the child The citizens have gathered around, having become beguiled.
(27) Their hopes aimed at the dollar bills growing from my palm The orphanage, school, and city hall, the storm has begun with no calm “Miss, may we ask how these grants make you feel?” “I only wish that they should complete my plan, to seal the deal.”
(28) It was soon time to return, to him I shall elaborate No, that wasn’t enough. Some parts I shall exaggerate Any cracks, dents, or chips throughout Shall all be gone, cleansed without a doubt.
(29) “Dear August, haven’t you seen? Join me and offer a chance at hope. Nothing need be paid. I shall provide, for one whose eyes like a kaleidoscope Have I not shown my worth, among Emily and all others? Come to me, I am the most fit by your side, no one is abler.”
(30) “No. I have refused once and I shall continue to do so.” Grey clouds shrouded over sapphire eyes, calm moments ago “I am not a prize nor a possession. Find another to gain and toy. Approach me again and I will not cease. Your reputation here shall be destroyed.”
(31) I, who had caked myself in cream Could not scowl or frown or scream With blemishes covered and good deeds to show Still he found flaws, this time it was an all too heavy blow.
(32) The scars peeled through, the peeling flesh Though held together still, how it means to be blessed With bones that connected the bloodied gap A concoction of skin-colored ointments to mend this handicap.
(33) A queen still has her servants and handmaidens, faithful to any order Or fooled with admiration, awe, turned into an instant supporter What would I be if not to utilize what is right in front of me? A drop of the pill from another’s hand, no wait required, it would happen instantly.
(34) How he slumped, words slurred, eyes pressed, then opened “Thank you miss for offering a ride, please inform us of what happened.” How they would regret those words as I laid across his skin, cupid’s bow traced Discontent he could not show until morn after, by then we had done more than embrace.
(35) Without a word, though he had tried to say 5 minutes after the call, and soon he was whisked away “Garrett, another mess has arised. Make sure to leave no trace.” “Miss you are asking of murder. Only you yourself brought about this disgrace.”
(36) “I recall not being the only one here Mr. Silvers. Though a butler, father’s prized valuable you have pilfered. By the name of his wife and my mother I can reveal the acts you did to her, one way or the other.”
(37) A lioness on a zebra's tail, its futile escape all the more amusing Past claims renounced, the game still continuing Seated in the mirror, I powdered. I gazed. With blood smeared on lips and hands, wondering if it was yet ablaze.
(38) From there he should’ve made the turn Among the crashing waves, unconcerned I can only imagine a still, beating heart Lungs convulsed by the one he thought he could outsmart.
(39) Such insignificant people indeed, I am the one left in their stead Of fame and hearts, a gold crown set atop an ever cracking head Possessing me, they are called evil, they define me Pride, lust, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, gluttony.
(40) With masks for my lips, my eyes, my cheeks, each one so dutiful I can always say, “I am hideous. I am beautiful.”
*An important message to the narrator of this poem and all of you beautiful people out there: https://youtu.be/w38IG6HsI5s?t=3m15s
This poem is meant to compare makeup products to the seven deadly sins, which are all present in many people, but in this case, shown through the narrator. They are spread throughout the poem, in which the stanzas that correspond to them will be listed below.
The first product used was nail polish, which corresponded to sloth starting in stanza 3, meaning excessive laziness or the failure to recognize one’s possessions or talents. The narrator is extremely careful in maintaining her manicure, her blood red nails, as well as her beauty in general. Due to that, she refuses to put in any manual work that may chip her nails or cause stress that may lead to breakouts.
The next product was mascara, where it represented greed, a pursuit of material possessions. This analogy was first seen in stanza 10. When the narrator first notices August’s eyes, she immediately labeled him as hers, then describing her own eyes as green and framed with long black borders (eyelashes). August’s eyes come back into play in stanza 30, where she still notices them while attempting to capture his attention through her good deeds.
Eyeshadow and eyeliner is next, along with the sin wrath. This sin is defined as uncontrollable feelings of hatred towards another person. Beginning from stanza 12, the narrator describes the hatred she holds towards Emily Rivers. In my opinion, eyeshadow and eyeliner are the most difficult makeup products to use perfectly, in which the more work one puts in, they are more deserving of praise and notice. The narrator feels cheated due to this, for she puts a lot of effort in looking beautiful, yet August only has eyes for Emily. Meanwhile, the eyeliner represents the hatred being trained on one specific person, similar to the precision needed to apply eyeliner.
Gluttony is the next sin as it took the form of lip liner, where the sin means the excessive consumption of something, in this case, love. Starting in stanza 23, the narrator describes how many girls in the school, with lined lips and all, target as many wealthy guys or men they can in order to receive money or gifts. Unsurprisingly, she also participated in this lifestyle before leaving it aside as she believes August is her one true love, who shall set her straight. In the end, it is implied that she will most likely go back to gaining the love from other men after her decision to indirectly murder August. If he doesn’t belong to her, then he doesn’t belong to anyone else.
Concealer, designed to hide almost any blemishes, represents envy, the desire to have an item or experience someone else has. Seen in stanza 27 and beyond, the narrator committed generous deeds in order to attract August, hoping it would mask any flaws that may have been presented before. With her wealth and power, she believed she could best Emily Rivers at anything, in which August would have to chase after the narrator then.
Lipstick and lust are commonly associated with one another, where it is seen in stanza 34, with the narrator having gotten what she was satisfied with from August.
In the end, all of the narrator’s makeup depicts her pride, the excessive view of one’s self. In this case, she believes all the attention should be on her, annoyed each time her parents were continuously mentioned, even though they were already deceased. With her personality and attitude, she would normally be seen as a beast. However, the concealer, lipstick, and so on, allow her to hide behind a mask that can fool those around to see her as a queen, the subject of everyone’s conversations.
Featured Image – She who has no name or face (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AasZAYyJfW8)