Dating Tips for Cyclops #4*

If you are a cyclops 
   Preparing for a date
And wanting to wear makeup, 
   We recommend you wait
For a cyclops gal pal
   To help you beautify:
Don’t try to apply eye shadow
   With only one eye.

*Does not apply to dates with Polyphemus

NaPoWriMo 2022 Day 5 — Prompt from Write a poem about a mythical creature or person doing something unusual. I hope you enjoy this! Peace to your !


Recently I read the book Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World, in which author Brooke McAlary writes about keeping up with the Joneses. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and any number of curated websites), it’s not just the Joneses next door or across the street anymore. But we have to keep in mind that no post paints a complete picture. A photo of someone else’s kids in their Halloween costumes in front of a pristine coffee table won’t show the hasty tidying that preceded the click of the camera.

Although I don’t use social media, I fall into the comparison mindset in other ways. The trick, when that particular temptation comes knocking, is not to invite it in for afternoon tea but to firmly close the door in its face. Peace to your ♥ !


You, too? Tired of cosmetic
Truth, the Facebook and Twitter
Make-it-look-good aesthetic,
Glamour that’s mostly glitter?

Yet real life feels so plain-Jane,
You brush on blush—yep, you do—
And then, like a pro, maintain
(The lie) that "they" forced you to.

© 2019 Stephanie Malley

[This is an ae freislighe, an Irish poetic form.]