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Surface Beautiful
by Chanti Niven

Wednesday, July 01, 2009
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(A silly rhyme but one that gets a point across)

If all you care about is being beautiful or thin
You'll neglect what's more important
-  What  lies within

Your outer shell may look divine
With all that dedication
and of course investment of time
In primping and preening
Those many hours at the gym
Weight-training, Cardio
a steam bath and a swim
The clothing, the costumes
the accessories and shoes
You worry about what you’ve got
but are more afraid of what you’ll lose.
You obsess over age,
Every  wrinkle and dimple
Spend fortunes on pills and potions
Won’t leave the house with a pimple
Your life is a diet
That you deny you are on
When people ask you your secret
You’ve learnt how to con
“I eat all the time and just never get fat”
It’s all in the genes. Fancy that?
Then you flutter your false lashes
Extend your fake nails
Smile with veneers flashing
Claim you support ‘Save the Whales’
You’re so proud of the fact
that you’re your own creation
Whatever God gave you
was just the foundation
Your new breasts that you reveal
in a low-cut Dior blouse
You invite friends to feel
“Oooh they feel so real!”…
’Jealous cows!’
Hair extensions, highlights
collagen for your lips
Oh, don’t forget the liposuction
to remove fat from your hips
Lift and tuck, sculpt and shape
Wax all but a strip
Spa treatments and massage
Green juice you must sip.
The Botox that smoothes
the fillers that fill,
the makeup that hides
that you’re over the hill.

I’m not saying sit up there on some dusty shelf
Look good by all means and take care of yourself
Just focus on the things that never grow old
that don’t fade away and can never be sold
On kindness, compassion, integrity and truth
These are the things that last way beyond youth.

 ~o~


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Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 3/10/2012
Enjoyed this. The last stanza is great. :-)

Tom
Reviewed by D. Vaineo 7/27/2009
~Chanti, How very true and well put
Always,
Deborah
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 7/24/2009
Fantabulous and I agree. My fav line is"Your life is a diet
That you deny you are on" there are a lot of ways to read this. Enjoyed! xoxoxo
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/23/2009
OH YES DEAR SISTER! This is a beautiful write and even though it is light, it gives a serious message for all of us. We not only need to keep ourselves beautiful but we need to have a beautiful spirit too and care about the things that go way beyond youth. Like love, caring, nurturing, protecting, doing everyday mundane jobs like doing the laundry, getting the groceries, taking our children to school, going to our children's school functions, smiling when your kindergartener brings home an abstract drawing, and you put it under a magnet on the fridge, like taking the time to enjoy the laughter of your children playing without a care in the backyard, going out of your way to make someone's days a little better and brighter than it would have otherwise been. I could go on and on and on. But I will stop here. I'm sorry if I was rambling but this poem can make a person do that. Thank you for sharing Chanti. This is a very beautiful and all too true piece.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and who love you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie.
Reviewed by Goddess Love (Reader) 7/18/2009
Not many age gracefully, makes for a lot of fake people. Steve
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/3/2009
You make your point gently, humorously and without invective. This is so much more effective than harsh diatribe. Hurrah for you!
Reviewed by H Cruz 7/2/2009
Plastic people; lol
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/2/2009
Look good by all means and take care of yourself
Just focus on the things that never grow old
that donít fade away and can never be sold
On kindness, compassion, integrity and truth
These are the things that last way beyond youth.

Most apt and timely advice, Chanti. I could not agree more with the theme of this poem. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/2/2009
WOW! THIS IS AN PRIME EXPRESSION OF POETIC ARTISTRY. ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT ARE POURED INTO PRODUCING AN EXCELLENT POEM ARE FOUND HEREIN. ENJOYED. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS YOU. JOYCE
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/2/2009
A wsieful poem,great and excellent written piece,I enjoy it,take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/1/2009
Well penned, but you're making no friends at Revlon, Avon, Etc, Etc.
Good for you. And good for all the males out here who really can tell the difference. And appreciate the real deal. Patrick
Reviewed by Jon Willey 7/1/2009
this smacks of truth and I applaud the wake up call to many -- the kind, compassionate soul, heart of loving thoughts, there is where beauty lies -- peace and love my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ed J. 7/1/2009
Wonderful concluding stanza. It's so much easier for males.

Stay well and keep writing

Ed
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/1/2009
Sage invice that we all need to stop and listen with our hearts to.

hugs
Fee
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 7/1/2009
Easy for you to say...You have it all...:)and yes I DO like your new nails...;) Now I have to run or I'll be late for my apointment...I just wish this Botox would last a bit longer!!! See you for dinner...Sushi maybe??? ;)

Your Bear



Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/1/2009
Clever, insightful, and honest, Chanti.
You don't leave your manufactured woman
much to feel good about--at least, not for long.
I admire and envy your talent to rhyme.
-gene.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/1/2009
Thank you Chanti as I often say look past the $ signs and see what true beauty is. Anyone can pay for it but they can't buy the true beauty that each carry on the inside. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 7/1/2009
Well said; I couldn't agree more.
Reviewed by Jim Compton (Reader) 7/1/2009
Aging naturally IS aging gracefully. I'll take natural breasts over fake ones any day of the week, even if she has to tuck them into her front pockets. Give me crows feet over a plastic, pulled back face, let the gray hair find its own way through and bless me with "being you."
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/1/2009
You have captured todays modern woman and in the last paragraph you have summed up what really counts. Bravo
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