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Your insatiable fascination with paper dolls
Disturbs me.
Airbrushed photos of strangers
Barely clad with seductive smiles
Draped across the pages of magazines you stack to the ceiling.

You'll never know any of them,
Never touch the skin you admire,
Never see them grow old, as they do in real life.

Only a tiny moment in eternity
Photographed and pandered...
These are boxes full of paper fantasies
Dolls you will not ever touch.

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by TamiJane

You don't have a teenage son by any chance!?! I agree with Rogans score on this, this is a very original way of looking at the subject.

Well done!


( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: December 22, 2004 )

Thank you Alex
No teenage sons here, but had a husband who avidly collected such things. Seems like a pretty universal pasttime, and one I never understood the value of. Silly me. Thanks for the comment.

( Posted by: TamiJane [Member] On: December 22, 2004 )

Oh god don't get me started on the whole having kids thing. The way some people pop the sprogs and then walk off makes me sick. Of course there are different situations but the ones who have a brain and still do it!! Makes my blood boil with the selfishness.

See! Told you not to get me started!

Alex :-)

( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: December 22, 2004 )

Thanks, I'm glad you could relate to the subject matter, though the title is misleading. I really like finding things that are dissimilar but the same, then bringing them together. And being such individuals, it is fun when others see the same but dissimilar too!

( Posted by: TamiJane [Member] On: December 23, 2004 )


In pursuit of centerfold beauty, women have their stomachs stapled.

Some women look at men looking at pictures of women and ask "Why?"
I look at pictures of women and ask "Why not?"

I enjoyed this. Thanks.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: December 23, 2004 )

Paper Dolls
Great Title, subject and poem. Style is loose and touches all the bases in terms of what you're trying to cover. Rather stinging actually, so I think it works.

As far as photographs go, they are an artform, though magazine photography doesn't alway rise to the level of fine art. The same artistic presence is there though, air brushing and touching up, just as artists have always done. Before photography, artists painted and sculpted nude and semi-clad men and women for the same reasons photgraphs are taken now. And they painted and sculpted their version of reality.

I think people, as social animals, are facinated with the human form and simply like to look. People create idealized images of others to gaze at. Besides, live people couldn't or wouldn't stand for the gaping. Here's lookin' at you! -Philo

( Posted by: Philo [Member] On: December 23, 2004 )

Thanks guys
Your perspectives on this subject are well-taken and appreciated. The sticking point for me is when appreciation for beauty (whether it's actual or contrived) becomes obsession. This particular character was insatiable, and that did disturb me.

I admire the art of Michelangelo and others like him, and find it more realistic, thus more appealing to me. What's left of the original in those "artistic" magazines? Hasn't the model been virtually slain? I'd love to see "Before" and "After" pictures presented in the same format, so I could truly appreciate the photographer's (and the surgeon's, and the makeup artist's) many talents. I personally think God is the ultimate artist. :)

( Posted by: TamiJane [Member] On: December 24, 2004 )

Tani, another good one!!
What is "eye-candy" to one is not to another. Well written and enjoyable to read. Your subject matter was original and I like that. Thanks,

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: January 11, 2005 )

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