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of which we'll dispose come next fall . . . and manicured
chemically fertilized to shades of green.
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Surgery to enhance what others see
provides relief from the insecurity
that calls for incisions to add, alter, or decrease
a beauty that is only skin deep and made mostly of plastic.
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setting standards for all to heed . . .
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and vanity is the energy we give it.
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