can I borrow plastic luxury from you?

whose name conjures up history

your father studying Italian

the walls of troy burning

and a house covered with vines

there is a scene in Brazil

where an actress gets a “face lift”

a cartoonish

plastic surgery

i think of this when I see the two famous women


identical except for the color of their hair

i realize they have had the procedure

the one that smooths out

the wisdom in our faces

and gives us

plastic luxury





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