nothing helps

Cosmetics Do No Good
by Steve Kowit
(after Vidyapati)

Cosmetics do no good:

no shadow, rouge, mascara, lipstick–

nothing helps.

However artfully I comb my hair,

embellishing my throat & wrists with jewels,

It is no use–there is no

semblance of the beautiful young girl

I was

& long for still.

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