Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pretty


I will be pretty.
I will wash my face
and replace these blackout eyes.

I'm tired of ugly
seeping through my skin
and rotting my insides.

I will be pretty.

I will be pretty.

For Susie's challenge at Real Toads.  Also submitted to Poetry Pantry.

24 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

Great MZ! I love the second stanza and the declaration of confidence at the end!! Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge!!

Mary said...

Love that fierce determination!

Liz Rice-Sosne said...

Knowing, knowing ... you can be anything at all, and are, beautiful.

Grace said...

I like the mantra, yes !!!

Brian Miller said...

now to just get that mantra to be
i am pretty
i am pretty
it all starts mentally....

Gabriella Skriver said...

Hope she remains that determined!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I think I was this little scrapper--so determined at that age to be pretty and fit in--great write!

Fireblossom said...

I like the "blackout eyes", perfect for post-war Britain.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

The girl in the photo is a knockout. But she is young and likely doesnt know it yet.

turtlememoir said...

i think she's on the right track - pretty's best accomplished from the inside out, right? (least, the other way never worked for me)

andrewgearypoetry said...

Good line break in the second stanza with "ugly" and interesting use of personification there.

Susan said...

Your poem works with or without the photo. With it "black-out" haunts in a war-world way, and it is the ugly bombed-out world that seeps through her skin so that perhaps her clothing is part of the spell she chants. I imagine she is clicking her heals as in "There's no place like home."

grapeling said...

black-out eyes - what a great trope, MZ

sylvia kirkwood said...

You do have a wonderful, expressive way with words, MZ!! This is terrific!

Helen said...

Awesome write, MZ ... awesome.

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

I like your take on the photo...
right one I think for the times
back in the day.
Peace
Siggi

Ida said...

Very interesting photo. The poetry works well with the image. She does have a bit of a tough looking exterior with the hint of hidden beauty.

Kay L. Davies said...

It must have been a difficult place to live in, burnt-out England, no matter how much the photographer has tried to romanticize the bomb sites. Takes determination to decide to be pretty in a world like that.
K

Richard Cody said...

You ARE pretty!

Gemma Wiseman said...

An affirmation that pulses like a drum rhythm. Powerful.

Lorraine said...

Yeah Baby indeed pretty and cool.... love ur writing always

Scott Matthews said...

A declaration of conformity or freedom? depends on perspective I suppose. Affirmation of change? Yeah, I like that!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This woman has such a remarkable face - it is a real window on her personality.. and I think you captured it to a 'T'.

Loredana Donovan said...

You are pretty ... already :)