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Retail Therapy

a villanelle

Everything is tolerable when I consume

What will I buy today to cure the blues?

It’s only sunny when I throw away my money

Tons of online shops I browse, creep and lurk

Seeking euphoria from latest shoes

Everything is tolerable when I consume

When I find something I desire, I smirk

Pull out my credit card and pay my dues

It’s only sunny when I throw away my money

Once again, I return to my glum work

Endure more fresh capitalist abuse

Everything is tolerable when I consume

Follow this steady cycle like clockwork

Empty wallet for things I hardly use

It’s only sunny when I throw away my money

Once again, despair goes beyond berserk

Once again, e-shops I peruse and cruise

Everything is tolerable when I consume

It’s only sunny when I throw away my money

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The Perfect Face

a dramatic monologue

As soon as I wake up

I must apply makeup

Steps done in exact order

To soothe my appearance disorder

I’m hiding behind a mask

To escape scrutiny’s grasp

One day I’m too thin

The next I’m too fat

People criticize my skin

Everyday feels like combat

Stand in front of the mirror

Start with prep and prime

Next is some shimmer

Then my eye I outline

Foundation applied as a base

Wrinkles I rid

Redness I erase

Brows are full

Shadow on the lid

Lips colourful

Once I’m done

I step back 

At myself I stun

I swear I’m not a megalomaniac

Then a million pictures I take

Where my face is all fake

“So why all the makeup?” one may ask

Appearance is my ultimate task

Because my life is over publicized

Without makeup, I would never be prized

I’d be no one

I’m just trying to keep up with the Kardashians

Hoping my name too will have meaning for eons

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Unconventional Love

NYC Midnight Microfiction Challenge Competition, 250 words, 2020 submission.

Alexandra and Drew stroll across the Charles Bridge, hand in hand. They stop beside the Madonna statue and look at Prague. 

“Did you think about what I said?” Alexandra asks. 

Drew grimaces. “I did. I still don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“Why not? We get along, we’re happy. Isn’t that what marriage is all about?” 

Drew sighs. “I suppose. But your family doesn’t like me, I’m too ordinary. They’re always complaining about how I dress and what I say. You deserve someone better.” 

“You know I don’t care about any of that,” Alexandra reasons. 

“I know, I know. But wouldn’t it be better to be with someone wealthy?” asks Drew. “For Christ’s sake, I can’t even afford a hotel or bloody dinner! It must be embarrassing for you.” 

“Drew. Look at me,” Alexandra says, now facing Drew instead of the water. He turns to her. “I don’t care about money or what car you drive or where you work. My parents have been trying to set me up with a capitalist drone for years! It’s just not me. I love you and that’s why I think we should get married.”

Drew faces the water again. Pause. “Okay. Let’s get married.” 

“Really?” Alexandra’s face is a stifled glow. 

“Really. I love you.” 

Alexandra throws her arms over Drew’s shoulders and shrieks with warm passion. She grabs his hand and walks towards the Prague market. 

“C’mon, let’s go ring shopping,” Alexandra says. Drew smiles.

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