Everyone is a Lonely City

Anorexic Model

Buying bottled water;

Ten bucks for organic corn;

Trapped in apartments of dust and neglect,

filling up our lives with more stuff

from the magazines;

girls starving themselves senseless to look

like that model

on whatever cover page.

Β© Alicia Khoo

NaPoWriMo Day 24

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10 thoughts on “Everyone is a Lonely City

  1. Real poetry. The truth and its depiction, whether cheery or gray…depends on our perception.
    Just makes me think about the people, who unconsciously run away from reality and those who face it.
    “filling up our lives with more stuff
    from the magazines;
    girls starving themselves senseless to look
    like that model
    on whatever cover page”
    Well, that’s what the society and the media has done to us. Anorexia, and the feeling that being thin, ‘size zero’, is the thing to be. Societal perception defines us now. Our wealth, our looks and our position in the society. That’s what matters..or does it?

    I wonder when our society will start valuing whats inside us. Our genii. The substance and not the surface.
    A gritty poem, that evokes so much from us..

  2. Social criticism is sorta fun, I mean I’d like to see you openly criticize the lack of intimacy of recent technological advances. That would be classic ! I’d try to reach you better, if we weren’t on the internet πŸ˜›

  3. It’s “funny”. If she were African and that skinny, there’d be talk of Kwashiorkor but here in the West, she gets a photo shoot. Hopefully, it’s photo shopped but even if it is, still alarming and alarmed. Thoughts your poem and that picture brought to mind.

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