How Tall Beauty Is | Charlotte San Juan

Be tall:
mink-wrapped
a billboard of American implants,
open-mouthed, milk-faced.

You, city skyscraper
hover in the cluster-loiter of leaning youth,
agastopic, doe-eyed.

Pout on cigarettes, unforgiving brick
lips, they say reject your monolid and
extend your lashes.

Broken legged, bedside anesthetized
the fractures and the metal
frames over years
become your bones and finally
are you beautiful

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Charlotte San Juan is an internationally published poet and a poetry editor of East Jasmine Review literary magazine. She currently resides in Shanghai and works for an international university. Her days consist of learning Mandarin, observing stray animals, and waiting for more rain.

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