Fuck Your Beauty, Fuck Your Pain

Beauty is pain
they told the twelve-year-old girl
as they applied hot wax to her skin
and ripped her hair out by the roots.

Your face will be red and raw
but think how beautiful it will be!
The stinging of your skin will give way
and beauty will shine from your face.

Pain is beauty
they told the twenty-year-old woman
as they applied cold demands to her life
and ripped her heart out by the roots.

Your soul will be red and raw
but think how beautiful it will be!
The stinging of your life will give way
and beauty will shine from your soul.

Fuck your pain, she said.
Fuck your beauty, and fuck your pain.


Notes: I found most of this poem on a Post-It stuck to the front cover of a book I haven’t read in a while. I added a few lines, crossed out some additional lines, tightened up some other lines, and here it is.

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