To Ogden Nash - the master rhymer.
Aisles are decorated with garish creams
that promise to perk up and garnish your dreams.
There is one that lifts age off face -
irons out the wrinkles and has dark spots effaced.
Another guarantees fairness for dusky hue;
bets on life to turn the world on you.
Some concoct an advert for self-tan lotion:
'Get organically tanned by this magical potion'.
Skin rendered rough by too much makeup?!
Allow cold cream and moisturizer to take the task up.
There are creams which facilitate light reflection,
thereby creating an illusion of enlightenment.
Acne can now be dissolved by wonder creams
even in an hour before one's wedding!
With so many creams on the aisle,
I can change myself in a while!
But these creams are for external use only;
cannot be applied on a heart that is dark and gloomy.
I'm yet to decide which is more important to me.
Is it external or is it internal beauty?
PS: Beauty products promise us permanentÂ face-liftÂ that is but temporary in retrospect. This verse touches upon the need to preserve our genuine selves, to which we aren't doing any justice.