Monday, December 14, 2009

Alice Pero

LIVING FOREVER

Living forever is difficult
when you are a blond housewife wearing pearls
pushing a vacuum cleaner
The dust could blow up accidentally
and cloud your vision
Your perfume might wear off
even when imagined by the children watching you
on a thin screen 25 years from now

Living forever is difficult
when you are a cute kid
posing for a diaper ad
Although you are sure this has happened before
they are applying powder and paint
annoying your eyes with light
and attacking your ears with cooing noises
Being cute could affect your judgement

Living forever is difficult
when you are a beautiful actress
with a perfect figure
and exquisite white teeth
playing a model part
on a syndicated sit com
Although your glow will last in Technicolor
Your wisdom might be limited by shades of lipstick

Living forever is difficult
when you have an obsession with bodily slenderness
and you weigh your existence on bathroom scales
You'll prove yourself dead in your clothes closet
Measure your life with a tape measure
Breathlessness moving your pictures
into a certain set pattern preserved
only as long as the film

2 comments:

  1. Yeah Alice....

    ain't it da truth...

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  2. Phil Turner says:

    Good poem. My favorite line is "Although your glow will last in Technicolor/Your wisdom might be limited by shades of lipstick." That is something I can understand, though, of course, I cannot relate to it except by
    the wildest flight of vanity.

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