Passing the beauty counter,
gold and maroon,
One hand clapping,
lipstick swatched wrist,
sprayed with perfume.
Zen rituals, Zen koans,
beauty counter wisdom:
“Laughter is the best cosmetic – so grin and wear it.”
“Bringing the best to everyone we touch.”
“Believe in beauty.”
“Glamorous everyday. Fabulous everyway.”
“Give us 5 minutes, we’ll make you pretty powerful.”
“For All. All ages, all races, all sexes.”
“Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.”
“Get the London look.”
“Because I’m worth it”
Vanity of vanities,
searching for meaning,
mind open, mind accepting.
Now! I understand:
brown lipstick – actually does –
work for me.
A reflection on seeing Khadro-la (a female Tibetan Lama) walking through the beauty counter section of a local department store. Acknowledgements to the following beauty companies for their persuasive slogans (in order of appearance: Benefit, Estée Lauder, Lancôme, Wet n Wild, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Maybelline, Rimmel, L’Oreal)