Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Emotic Stares


Picked from the garden of their youth,
flowers with perfect bone structure
bloom with exotic petals.

Camera flashes of emotic stares,
bedroom seduction, innocence
are hot house images pressed in portfolios.

Critical eyes choose the blossoms to display
in advertising gardens where painted flowers
attract a population willing to buy a lie.


©Susie Clevenger 2012
Image: desktopnexus





24 comments:

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This is a great indictment of the objectification of the beauty industry. Also, it's a really good poem.

Ginny Brannan said...

"Critical eyes choose the blossoms to display
in advertising gardens where painted flowers
attract a population willing to buy a lie."

And toss them out as soon as there is any sign of wilting, I imagine! A very evocative read, Susie. Well penned!

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks @Buddah and @Ginny

Pat Hatt said...

That last line was great, so many willing to buy into such a thing, wonderful verse.

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you Pat...I have bought a lie or two sadly enough

Brian Miller said...

ugh...far too real...buy the lie...and the greatest loss in this to me is the girls who learn it...

Ben Ditty said...

It must be fun inside your head :-)

Daydreamertoo said...

Seems most of Hollywood and most of the singers and models are all mostly plastic now. beauty is bought and paid for at a high price when it;s natural beauty has been forgotten.
This speaks such a gentle truth.

Fireblossom said...

So true, this look below the surface of things...but I still like that picture. *hides*

PS--you-know-what will be up tomorrow, if the creek don't rise.

D Miller said...

Great symbolism in this poem along with a great societal comment
thanks for your visit

Ed Pilolla said...

using beauty for wealth, this is why art, such as this piece, can only measure beauty. advertising can at best be clever, but never art. and so the image of picking the flowers is so good becuz of the inevitable death.

Laurie Kolp said...

I agree... there's much more than meets the eye.

Natasha Head said...

Great commentary in a wonderfully poetic fashion. The finish is killer, and the image fantastic!

Susie Clevenger said...

Ben it can be fun inside my head, but then it can be hell...lol

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you so much Pat

Susie Clevenger said...

Brian...yes it is sad that so many have to pay the price

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Shay...Yes I know what is up tomorrow :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks D

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you Ed...

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Laurie..what we see has taken the model through hell at times

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you so much Natasha

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you Daydreamer...

Shashi S said...

Painted flowers and buying a lie ... so complimentary to each other in the verse... I loved the disenchantment of yours with the general perceptions... I liked the way you put it across in the verse...


Shashi

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Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you Sashi