Beauty really defined

An honest, heartfelt yet satirical poem about beauty pageants.

Miss World

Beauty is about how you behold
more than silver more than gold
if I say I am beautiful
it means beauty is accessible,
beauty is about how you greet
de everyday people dat you meet
you are beautiful so all rejoice
your beauty is a natural choice.

My sister is a beautiful girl
she don’t want to be Miss World
her value is not prize money
more value than a pearl
my sister is a beautiful girl
human delight
she could be out of sight
but she would rather stay and fight.

Her legs are firm and strong
best for self-defence
my sister kicks like wildfire
so cause her no grievance
she won’t walk the platform
to upsex people’s lust
and you can’t get the number of her height, age or bust,
she don’t want to go to the market
to be viewed like a slave
the viewing time is over
put de judge in the grave,
she don’t need to go to the market
’cause she’s already won
beauty contest no contest
she don’t need to run.

I talk ’bout people in society who judge you by your looks, den,
give you a number dat is written in a book, and, lustful eyes
from all around come to look at you, and, day judge your lifetime
by a quick interview.

My sister is a beautiful girl
But she don’t want to be Miss World
her personality cannot be rewarded by no judge or earl.

My sister is a beautiful girl
She needs no contest
and you can’t put her with another judging who’s the best.
And you cannot judge my sister’s heart
By looking at her breasts.

Benjamin Zephaniah.

Click here to hear the poet read the poem aloud.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kalyani
    Sep 06, 2006 @ 14:51:57

    Thats a nice poem

    sulz: it is, isn’t it? found it while searching the ‘net for a poem to read in class.

    Reply

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