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I shower,
using my body-firming bath bar.
Iím careful to pat dry,
and smear all over
the sister moisturizer, while still dewy-damp.
the rivita-lift face and neck cream,
followed by
the line-minimizing
on top of which the age-defying concealer
and wrinkle reducing powder and blush
are carefully applied.

The tooth bleaching strip has time to work
while I draw on
the anti-feathering liner
just out-side
my natural, slightly receding,
lip line,
filled in, of course,
with ďpre-pubescent roseĒ
lip gloss.

I have no gray upon my head;
instead multi-faceted highlights that pour out from a bottle with a terrible aroma
thatís covered over
by a youthful-shine-replenishing

As I survey my 40-something reflection
I canít help but wonder

what mess

might I encounter

my twenty-first century


Elizabeth Maksymiuk

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The following comments are for "Miracles in a Bottle"
by emaks

Our culture does worship youth! I myself need major miracles being over 50! Interesting piece!

( Posted by: bonrudo47 [Member] On: April 26, 2006 )

Miracles -Lucie, Bonnie
I wrote this while watching T.V. one evening. Must have been a show like "Desperate Housewives" because the marketing was all directed at "aging" women. I'm not really this high-maintenance!
I thought it was kind of funny (in a sad way) that the media sells beer and cars to the guys, but sells us the load of crap that we need to forever look 22!
As you can see I posted with a theme that day... must be my upcoming birthday!

Thanks for looking in on me and commenting.
We're all gorgeous on the internet!


( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: April 27, 2006 )

For Women Only?
Do they have miracles in a bottle for men?
I love the way you summed it all up in the end. Very clever.

( Posted by: awhippingflame [Member] On: October 13, 2006 )

help in a bottle?
The sags and droops they are no more,
firmed up breasts not on the floor,
complexion smoothed in wrinkled skin
by potions that god knows what's in.
Eternal youth is offered all
by adverts from the media call
our bodies should not show decay
there's no need now for natures way.

But there's one place we still are young
without the praise of bottles sung
the place that sometimes hard to find
that nestled snugly in our mind
For this the potions and the drugs
cannot iron out the aging bugs
for should you take the addicts way
it's age, not youth will come your way.

So if the bottle's what you crave
make sure that youth, not age you save
A little help along the way
is sure to catch you up one day!

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: October 14, 2006 )

Ivor and AWFlame- Miracles
Mister Flame- I suppose men have their share of aging anxieties, but generally speaking it is kind of shoved down our throats (or injected in our wrinkles?) Notice men on television, not all are beauties. It seems a different standard for the female. But the female is as guilty of accepting/ expecting the double standard.
We also get commercials thrown at us about laundry detergent, and toilet paper. You guys still get cars and beer... :(

Ivor! So nice to see you, and with a thoughtful poem as well. Hope you are having fun... we miss you 'round here!

Blessings to you both-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: October 14, 2006 )

I was just being cute...wasn't trying to pick that scab...ouch
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( Posted by: awhippingflame [Member] On: October 15, 2006 )

Ain't ya hoid? 40 is the new 20! This is excellent.
You've crafted an exquisite blend of melancholy and humor. Please forgive me for not responding soon enough- it's not often that I have internet access.
Thanks for commenting on Gelasmorg's Transgression.

( Posted by: metrozol [Member] On: January 30, 2008 )

pxrx back to you
Thank you, metrozol, for looking in on something of mine and for your kind comments. Melancholy seems to come easily, and humor must be closely attached. Otherwise it might be just plain sad!
again, thanks for looking in on me-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: February 2, 2008 )

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