Behind Your Red Door

Thank you, Elizabeth Arden.
Behind your Red Door,
you have made my face
perfectly oblong,
shatterproof.
My head swathed in bandages,
my body in a white gown,
I am a patient
at your hospital of beauty.
Only you, Elizabeth Arden,
know my true mind,
what lies behind this mask
that I hold — only you know
the secrets
to perfect eyebrows,
a mouth that says nothing
except
that I was here.

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Today’s prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads was to use one of two photos. I chose this one, which is by Adolph de Meyer, for an Elizabeth Arden ad from 1927:

 

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10 thoughts on “Behind Your Red Door

  1. This is an excellent take on the picture., particularly addressing it to Elizabeth Arden. Shatterproof is such a good descriptor, and the mouth that says nothing. And the whole idea of our society’s ideas of beauty and femininity is spot on.

  2. sanaarizvi says:

    I love, love, love this!💜 So often beauty is misread by people in society and innocence destroyed by “hospital of beauty.”

  3. I like this a lot,,you have captured the photo so well, I especially like the lines
    “I am a patient at your hospital of beauty.” It is sad that so many, men and women, who think they need it to face the world.

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