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for a lifetime achievement of nothing

By Tommy BallardPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Wan San Yip on Unsplash

Dark-lined eyes sunken into the stretched leather faces, scrolled upon them in harshly scrubbed lines are the withers of fifty summers,

Atop them sits medically attached fake lashes, ones they'll claim are of course their naturals with just a little mascara,

The scars left from the plastic surgeries are the most authentic and honest thing in the entire room as it's descended on by it's pompous and beloved, with more plasticine adorning them than they have blood within the vapid jackals,

So of course they're sure to hide it all, to remind themselves: don't smile too bright, you'll get a laugh line if you cackle!

Oh, and then, what else would you be, if not held in a designer dress, enveloped by it's tight bodyshaping caress?

If you didn't get a place at this show? To stand alongside ones who might as well be your clones, as for each other you all clap in empty awe, follow routines, bow and bellow,

All stood haughty on your dagger heels with coffin-shaped nails,

Doing all you can to turn back time and celebrate what little you've done with it so far,

Oh yes, darling, I'm 84 and the coffin's mine, but I've got a real great surgeon,

Could you believe I'm a day over 64 and my doctor said even now I'll still feel like a virgin?

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About the Creator

Tommy Ballard

I'm a professional writer, a poet, a digital artist and an amateur musician. In my free time, I can often be found pondering magnets, breaking and entering random homes to steal locks of human hair and throwing car batteries into the ocean.

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  • Christiane Winter2 months ago

    Tommy, this is an absolute masterpiece. I am astounded as always by the flow of your words. WOW!

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