Friday, September 20, 2013

Would You Be (Poem 171)

Who would 
     you be 
     if you refused  
     to hide your 
     gray?
What would 
     people 
     say if your lips 
     remained unplumped, 
     lip-colored?
If you were not 
     anointed
  with jasmine 
     or tangerine
        or a few drops 
from an aquamarine bottle of 
custom-designed chemicals?
If your teeth 
     were not white 
     as brand new 
     athletic socks, 
your brow smooth 
as a newly-paved road
   would you still be 
        loved? 
After all,
(be)loved, who 
are you
to judge? 

(c) 2013, by Hannah Six