Urban Decay, by Debi Swim

Urban Decay
by Debi Swim

After a while the dewy finish is dull,
cracks, crevices, sagging, dark spots
mar the once youthful facade and
rather than maintaining what is there
you slather stucco and smooth it out
sometimes in garish colors and tints
but I hope you know that underneath
is the real worth and history of you.


The title “Urban Decay” is a play on American cosmetics brand
and the extremes women (and men) go to appear ageless.

Note: Written in response to Red Wolf Poems, Prompt 121. That is Writer’s Digest Day Day 7 prompt as part of National Poetry Month every April.

“Write a poem that uses the the word “urban” as an adjective, preferably in the title.”

Debi Swim writes primarily to prompts. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and happy WV poet.


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