She Covers Her Skin
She covers her skin every day.
She starts with her face, then the eyes, then the lips.
She covers her breasts, then she covers her nethers.
She slips on her pants, her top, her socks.
She’s watched and she’s learned and she continues.
She’s learned what to edit.
That nose, those freckles.
This, too big, and that, too small.
That part too Asian.
Thank goodness, this part is white.
But none are white enough.
She’s defined perfection through observation.
All that we are, we are taught.
All that we see, we are taught.
All that we are taught, we have perceived.
To look in the mirror and see a face,
We must first be taught what a face is.
To look at that face and divide it into features,
We must first be taught its anatomy.
To take those features, cover and alter,
We must first be taught perfection.
Ideality of femininity
Ideality of body
Ideality of race