In response to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #FFFC 04/24/23

Beautiful baby as you peer
into the mirror reflecting
your image back to your
unseeing eyes blinded
by glossy magazines filled
with images of unreal
and photoshopped people –

especially women,

How I wish you could see what I see through eyes
tinged with age and experience wisdom born of both to know
and understand that you as you are right now you are so much more beautiful than they will ever be

Your lovely skin even when
an occasional blemish pops through
is a natural creamy essence
they only obtain through manufactured
products and the almighty airbrush
effect computers furnish to disguise
the true faces of those you see there –

especially women,

That which you seek to become
is but a fantasy created by greed
and out of control commercialism
set about to make women of all ages
feel less than they are as they peer
into their mirrored reflection
as you are doing right now

Fight back my loves! Do not fall
into the trap of money-hungry CEO’s
and their advertising cronies who care
naught for the care of your skin or
the sheen of your hair and eyes rimmed only by those sweet long natural lashes
untinged by black goop and glue –

especially women,

Break the mold and break their bank
start your own trend stand up for what’s right and against a standard
that can never be met nor achieved
in the real and natural world where
everyone is born with beauty emanating from within shining through –

especially women!


  1. fejones1952 says:

    The best to date! You are amazing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. poetisatinta says:

    ❤️ ‘Especially for women’ Amen 🙌

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fandango says:

    Words of wisdom.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sadje says:

    Brava! Ami. Excellent advice to a young woman

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome


  5. Nicole Smith says:

    This needs to be made a woman anthem.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. willowdot21 says:

    An exceptional poem bravo 💜💜

    Liked by 1 person

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