A poem which challenges the increasing use of Botox – Think twice!
Let the world see you….
As I stand lonely in the crowd and look around,
I realise sadly that few real faces can be found.
I’m surrounded by plaster smooth, plumped up faces
and where once some emotion now just empty spaces.
With bulging mouths growing increasingly macabre
It seems they hide their life behind an emotionless facade.
And I realise that I am standing alone,
With the lines on my face and my occasional frown,
And then they turn to point and stare at me,
I’m the freak now and it’s sad they can’t see,
That to pump their faces full of poison,
leaving their expressions cold and frozen,
Won’t bring them real happiness and joy,
Because it’s all a greedy ploy.
It’s the lie of the media moguls and those who profit,
From cloning those faces and making a packet.
So stop hiding behind botoxed foreheads, filled lines and fat lips
And don’t worry about those few extra pounds on your hips.
Life isn’t about being the airbrushed stars on Big Brother.
It’s about seeing sadness and joy, loving yourself and each other.
So show who you are and move away from the crowd,
reveal your true beauty – let the creases stay and be proud.
Let emotions creep onto your face and don’t lie,
allow the beauty of laughter lines to crinkle side your eyes,
Release those hidden frowns that you smother,
and stop hiding your life behind that smooth face forever.
Let those around see who you really are,
Don’t let your face keep them distant and far,
Share your life with those you may not know,
So they understand who you are through those lines that show.
I realise that I tread an increasingly lonely path,
Surrounded by faces that find it hard to laugh,
But I’m happy that the mirror still reflects
my smile, frown and wrinkles showing personality in tact,
As I continue my journey to stand out from the crowd,
And growing older and wiser I’ll stand true and proud,
of the character lines on my face,
as I’m lucky to be in a rare and great place.
I no longer fear showing my emotion,
My feelings aren’t hidden by any poisonous potion,
and if you only knew it too
that your beauty can shine through
and that your road to happiness, is to let people in
and reveal your inner brilliance cos it’s really no sin,
and know as I do that true beauty’s not skin deep
and who really cares if a few lines appear as you sleep,
so throw away the poison into the bin
And let your true beauty shine from deep within.
Wendy Hodgson Feb 2015