By: Erica Jacobs
I am stunningly embarrassed, resentful of my female community.
There. I said it.
Every nip, every tuck, every lift
feels like a dagger in my gut.
I know in my heart that a wrinkled face
tells a far superior story
to one filled with Botox.
It has nothing to do with wrinkles,
It’s not about a fountain of youth,
a clock turned back,
Your stretch marks,
are of no relation,
to a bigger picture —
the soul of our existence.
In dementia, your memory will start to fade.
Even people you love most
will become strangers.
You will constantly question
who you are, who you were.
Some things just cannot be operated on.
Remember that while you ache to look and feel
as you did when you were young,
you may end up back in diapers
There is no plastic surgery to spare you that chapter.
For the record,
there is nothing enlightened
about being a lifted,
wrinkleless elderly woman.
It doesn’t matter how many times
you go under a knife.
Age is represented in your eyes,
and in the way you love.
None of which can be cut
or sucked away in a sterile tube.
You are not a machine.
You do not need to be fixed.
Your body tells brilliant stories,
sings beautiful songs,
soothes itself without having to try.
Your body is a perfect operation all on its own.