Tuesday, 30 May 2017

No way…

by Mara Buck


I have never dreamt of flowing dresses,

trains to trip me up,
veils to blind me,

elaborate fingernails to cripple my hands
as I tear off false lashes,

Silicon and Botox and
Spanx and Panx and the obligatory arsenal

to create of Me the She of the
airbrushed illusion.

I am not Marie Antoinette,
though I like my cake.

We shall share it
and grow fat and happy
together.

Keep your ankle-spraining stilettos,
your push-up bras,

your murderous pantyhose and
all the powder and the paint,

for I am the female of the species
who had the sense to eat the apple

and I found it most delicious.


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"No Way" was originally published online in The Lake Literary Magazine, Ireland (11/13) and   subsequently published in the print anthology Like A Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Development, Lucid Moose Lit (9/15). Author retains all rights